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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal to be released from jail today


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

26th Feb, 2020. 10:39 am
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Ahsan Iqbal

Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal are expected to be released from the jail today, Wednesday.

The NAB court after submission of security bonds will issue release orders for both the incarcerated Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders.

The court release orders will move to the jail superintendent of Adiala Jail.

Yesterday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had granted bail to Ahsan Iqbal and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

They both faced charges in the Narowal Sports Complex and Liquefied Natural Gas corruption references respectively.

A two-member bench headed by Justice Athar Minallah heard the bail plea of PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in LNG case.

Moreover, the bench ordered the former minister to submit Rs10 million surety bond for bail.

Meanwhile, the two-member bench of IHC had ordered former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal to submit Rs10 million surety bond for the bail in Narowal Sports City case.

Charges against Khaqan and Ahsan Iqbal

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail, ex-PSO MD Imranul Haq and others faced charges of corruption over awarding a LNG import contract allegedly at exorbitant rates in 2015, which caused a big loss to the national exchequer.

According to NAB, Shahid Khaqan had awarded a LNG import and distribution contract to the Elengy Terminal in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and relevant laws.

Ahsan Iqbal accused of using funds of the federal government and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) for a sports city in Narowal.

NAB had announced to initiate a probe into alleged violation of rules in the construction of the National Sports City project.

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