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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi records his statement in LNG case

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi records his statement in LNG case
March 26, 2019

RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and recorded his statement before the Combined Investigation Team (CIT) in the LNG case.

The former prime minister did not bring the record and sought time for producing the record.

Talking to the media after appearing before the NAB, he said that he will provide the record sought by the NAB about the LNG agreement.

On January 2, the NAB had converted an inquiry into investigation against Abbasi for alleged misuse of powers with respect to the LNG project.

The NAB approved an investigation against Abbasi who served as former petroleum minister, Arshad Mirza, former secretary petroleum, Sheikh Imranul Haq, former managing director Pakistan State Oil (PSO), and other officials at its Executive Board Meeting (EBM) presided over by NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

On September 10, 2018, the Supreme Court had directed the NAB to complete inquiry into the matter and submit its report. The case was registered in 2015 on the complaint of Shahid Sattar, an energy expert at the NAB Karachi, against Abbasi for awarding the LNG import contract which allegedly caused a huge loss to the national exchequer.

In February this year, the Supreme Court fixed a plea filed by President Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, seeking disqualification of Abbasi over alleged corruption in the award of LNG import contract. The petition requested the Supreme Court to order NAB to take action against Abbasi in this regard.