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LNG case: NAB prepares reference against Khaqan Abbasi

LNG case: NAB prepares reference against Khaqan Abbasi
November 19, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has prepared reference against former president Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) scandal. According to the sources, Inter-State Gas Systems Managing Director (MD) Mubin Saulat and former petroleum secretary Abid Saeed, who become an approver in the LNG case, appeared before NAB office and recorded their statements. The sources also said that Abid Saeed and Mubin Saulat have handed over all evidences to anti-graft watchdog It added that the corruption watchdog body has finalised references against Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail and Sheikh Imranul Haq in LNG case. Furthermore, the NAB executive board meeting will review LNG reference against the PML-N leader Khaqan Abbasi in its meeting next week. On September 26, an accountability court sent former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former finance minister Miftah Ismail on 14 days judicial remand in LNG scandal. The NAB officials produced Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail and Imranul Haq before court after expiring physical remand. During the hearing, the NAB seek another extension in physical remand of the former premier and finance minister. The court rejected the demand of physical remand and sent the accused on judicial remand for 14 days. They will be shifted to Adiala jail today. Speaking to the journalists, the former premier demanded trial of his case in open court. Earlier on September 11, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Karachi had requested to file a reference against the former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. On Jan 2, the NAB Executive Board had authorized two investigations against Mr Abbasi, being former minister for petroleum and natural resources — one for his alleged involvement in irregularities in LNG import and the other related to the appointment of Naeemuddin Khan as president of the Bank of Punjab. The NAB inquiry found that the SSGCL signed a 15-year contract with a subsidiary company of Engro for re-gasification of LNG at fixed daily processing charges. The government authorized the Pakistan State Oil to procure LNG on behalf of the SSGCL. However, the NAB reopened the inquiry against Abbasi in October 2018.