NAB decides to file reference against ex-PM Abbasi in LNG deal case
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to file a corruption reference against former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) deal case.
He faces the charge of inking a costly agreement with the company and causing a loss of billions of rupees. The country is facing a loss of US$100,000 daily due to the agreement, which was inked for 15 years.
Ex-PM Khaqan Abbasi remanded in NAB custody for 13 days
On July 19, an accountability court granted physical remand of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for 13 days in LNG case.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) produced the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) senior vice-president before the court of Judge Muhammad Bashir. The NAB requested to take his 14-day physical remand. The court gave 13 days remand of the PML-N leader and ordered to present him on August 1.
A day earlier, the NAB arrested Shahid Khaqan Abbasi from the Toll Plaza near Thokar Niaz Baig. Later, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was shifted to the NAB Rawalpindi after being arrested.
A medical board conducted his medical examination. He was allowed to use clothes and other essential items. He will be presented in an accountability court for his physical remand.
Khaqan Abbasi was travelling to Lahore with Ahsan Iqbal when he was arrested. The NAB had already summoned Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, but he was going to Lahore to participate in a press conference to be held by Shehbaz Sharif.
According to the NAB arrest warrant, Abbasi is accused of commission of the offence of corruption and corrupt practices under section 9 (a) of National Accountability Ordinance, 1999.
PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal also harshly condemned the arrest of Khaqan Abbasi and declared the day as black in history of Pakistan.
PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif condemned the arrest, stating that NAB was being used for political victimization.