An accountability court in Islamabad released former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on probation on Monday so he can attend his uncle's funeral prayers in the federal capital.
The court allowed Khaqan to be released on condition that the administration of the Islamabad and Rawalpindi district provide him with infallible security. Accountability judge Mohammad Bashir said the director general of the National Office of Accountability (NAB) should only allow release if the district administration can take responsibility for providing security to Khaqan.
He also ordered the DG to make appropriate arrangements for the release of the former prime minister.
Previously, the NAB prosecutor had told the court that Khaqan cannot be released since he is being investigated. He argued that it is illegal to release a suspect in such circumstances.
On the other hand, Sadia Abbasi, the former prime minister's sister, said she had asked for her request to be granted humanely.
"These requests are not made every day," he said. Sadia also noted that the former prime minister had been in physical prison for more than 60 days.
On September 11, NAB Karachi had recommended opening another corruption reference against Khaqan for allegedly violating the rules and procedures established by the federal government in the appointment of the managing director of Pakistan State Oil.
The former prime minister is currently in 14-day physical prison in a case related to the LNG scandal. Khaqan is accused of granting a 15-year contract for an LNG terminal against the rules while serving as oil minister in the cabinet of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
NAB closed the case in 2016, but it reopened in 2018.