LNG Case: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, others indicted by court

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

16th Nov, 2020. 02:38 pm

Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former finance minister Miftah Ismail, and others have been indicted in long-running Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) case.

According to the details, the Islamabad accountability court has also indicted former MD PSO Sheikh Imranul Haq. All the accused pleaded not guilty in the accountability court in Islamabad.

15 accused have been named in the LNG reference. Abdullah Khaqan who is the son Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chaudhry Aslam (MD of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s airline), Muhammad Amin and Sana Sadiq are also among the accused.

According to the supplementary reference, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had been receiving funds from a United Arab Emirates-based company.

According to the anti-graft body, a sum of $538,895 was transferred to Abbasi’s account in three installments from a Dubai-based bank. The agency revealed that the Emirates government provided it with evidence in this regard, adding that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) also confirmed these transactions.

However, NAB added, the former prime minister, when confronted, was unable to give a satisfactory explanation as to these transactions. The records show that more than Rs637 million were transferred to the accounts of Abbasi and his son, Abdullah Abbasi.

On August 5, the former prime minister was indicted in the illegal Pakistan State Oil appointments case. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been accused of illegally appointing Sheikh Imranul Haq as the managing director of PSO and Yaqoob Sattar as the deputy MD (finance) while he was serving as the minister of petroleum and natural resources from June 7, 2013, till July 28, 2017.

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