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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appears before NAB in LNG Case

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

14th May, 2020. 11:58 am
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Shahid khaqan Abbasi

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday appeared before National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in liquefied natural gas (LNG) gas.

According to details, the combined investigation team has handed over the questionnaire related to supplementary reference to the PML-N leader.

While addressing media Abbasi said Accountability must be in accordance with the law. Abbasi said he was happy that for the first time, question regarding tax has been asked.

Earlier National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summons former prime minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) case today. PML-N leader has been directed to attend the hearing to record his statement. It was reported earlier The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) plans to file a supplementary reference against Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in LNG case.

LNG Case

Former prime minister, Miftah Ismail, ex-PSO MD Imranul Haq and others are facing charges of corruption over awarding a LNG import contract allegedly at exorbitant rates in 2015, which caused a big loss to the national exchequer. In June 2018, the NAB approved inquiry against former premier Nawaz Sharif and Abbasi, who was the former minister for petroleum and natural resources at that time, in granting contract of LNG terminal for 15 years to their ‘favourite’ company. This contract had allegedly caused a loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer. In January, the NAB interrogated former finance minister Miftah Ismail in the same case.

On February 26 this year The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered to release Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Liquefied Natural Gas LNG Case. The IHC grants bail to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in LNG Case. The bench has ordered Khaqan Abbasi to submit surety bonds of Rs10 million for bail. During the hearing on bail petition in IHC, NAB told that a reference against Abbasi has already filed in the accountability court. The bureau further requested to reject the bail plea of PML-N leader and submitted a reply comprising 24 pages in the court.

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