LNG scandal: NAB summons SSGCL former chairman Board Miftah Ismail
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – The National Accountability Bureau has summoned former finance minister Miftah Ismail with all records in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) scandal as former chairman SSGCL Board on January 11 in Rawalpindi.
As per reports, the NAB Executive Board has converted the LNG inquiry into investigation against former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former minister for petroleum and natural resources Arshad Mirza, former secretary petroleum Sheikh Imranul Haq, former MD PSO Yaqub Sattar, Deputy Managing PSO.
It said that the NAB asked the Miftah Ismail that to appear on January 11 at the National Accountability Bureau Rawalpindi before NAB Investigation Officer for discussion and recording your statement being ex-chairman of SSGC Board on LNG Terminal to ETPL, LSA with EETPL, Tri-Partite Agreement and LNG Import from Qatar etc.
It further warned that failing to comply with the notice may entail penal consequences as provided in Serial 2 of the schedule of NAO1999.
On 25 October 2018, the NAB reopened the LNG scandal against Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The NAB has decided to summon the former premier for investigation. However, the NAB sought all records from the concerned ministries.
On September 10, 2018, the Supreme Court directed NAB to complete inquiry against former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and others for alleged corruption in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) contract with Qatar and submitted report on it.
In February 2018, the SC fixed a plea filed by Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rasheed seeking disqualification of Abbasi over alleged corruption in the award of LNG import contract.
In 2015, the LNG scam case was registered on the complaint of Shahid Sattar, an energy expert at NAB Karachi, against Abbasi for awarding the LNG import contract which allegedly caused a huge loss to the national exchequer.