The National Office of Responsibility (NAB) Karachi recommended opening another reference against former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for allegedly violating the rules and procedures established by the federal government in the appointment of the managing director of Pakistan State Oil (PSO).
According to a statement issued by NAB, Abbasi had appointed Sheikh Imranul Haq as managing director of PSO by allegedly violating the rules and procedures established for the appointment of executive directors in public sector companies.
An investigation, according to the statement, "revealed" that Haq was designated as MD PSO on the basis of having "personal affiliation" with the minister.
The appointment was made without verifying their academic and professional credentials, he added.
According to NAB, the investigation "revealed that Sheikh Imranul Haq developed personal relationships with the then oil minister during the establishment of the LNG terminal in 2013 to 2015."
The former prime minister is currently in 14-day physical prison in a case related to the LNG scandal. Abbasi is accused of granting a 15-year contract for an LNG terminal against the rules when he was oil minister in the cabinet of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The case was closed by NAB in 2016, but reopened in 2018.