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IHC adjourns hearing of cases against Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal without any proceeding

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

20th Feb, 2020. 12:18 pm
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Islamabad High Court (I H C) will hear bail petitions of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Ahsan Iqbal on February 24۔

As per details, today’s hearing adjourned without any proceeding due to non-presence of the Chief Justice of IHC Justice Athar Minallah owing to his health issues.

On the last hearing of the case, the Islamabad High Court (I H C) Monday gave the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) more time to submit comments on bail petitions of PML-N leaders Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Ahsan Iqbal.

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, 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.

On September 10, 2018, the apex court had directed the NAB to complete inquiry against Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and others for the alleged corruption in the LNG contract.

As the minister for petroleum and natural resources, Abbasi accused of granting contract on LNG to favourite company.

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.

It also observed that 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.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi taken into custody on July 18, 2019.

Whereas, Ahsan Iqbal has been accused of using funds of the federal government and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) for a sports city in Narowal. He had already filed a reply to a questionnaire given to him by the bureau previously.

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