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Former Finance Minister Miftah Ismael arrested


Shiraz ShaikhWeb Editor

07th Aug, 2019. 05:20 pm
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Miftah Ismael arrested
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National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested former finance minister Miftah Ismael.

According to the details, another high profile arrest has been made in the LNG case. NAB has arrested Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Miftah Ismael.

Islamabad High court (IHC) heard the appeals of Miftah Ismael and Imran Ul Haq for extension in bail.

Chief Justice of IHC Justice Athar Minullah and Justice Mohsin Akhtar presided the hearing.

Miftah Ismael visited to the court to get extension in his bail.

Justice Mohsin Kiyani gave remarks that people who are in government today, would they also be accused tomorrow? Those who sign LNG contracts today would they also be culprits tomorrow?

NAB prosecutor in argumentation said that we have requested current government’s terminal three report as well.

Justice Akhtar Kiyani remarked that now government will take NOC from NAB before doing anything? Should Minister Petroleum send the summary to NAB rather than Prime Minister?

What the current government is doing regarding this matter, he added. If the national exchequer is being incurred losses why government is not shutting it down?

After hearing the argumentation, IHC rejected the extension in bail of Miftah Ismael and Imran Ul Haq.

Former finance minister Miftah Ismael is also accused to be partner in crime with former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in LNG case.

Previously, Islamabad High Court (IHC) approves pre-arrest bail of former MD PSO Imran Ul Haq and former Finance Minister Miftah Ismael in exchange of Rs500,000 bonds.

According to the details, IHC heard the appeal for pre-arrest bail of Miftah Ismael and Imran Ul Haq in LNG case.

The case was heard by acting Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Farooq and Justice Mian Gull Hassan Aurangzeb. Senator Musaddiq Malik, Shahnawaz, Marriyum Aurangzeb and Miftah Ismael were present during the case hearing.

The defendant argued that court through a notice summoned the accused on 15 July but on 16 July chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) issued arrest warrants of Miftah Ismael and Imran Ul Haq.

Acting CJP asked defendants lawyer about ongoing inquiry against Miftah Ismael in NAB, upon which the lawyer confirmed that investigation is underway.

Later Court accepted request of pre-arrest bail for Miftah Ismael and Imran Ul Haq against Rs500,000 bonds till 1 August.

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