NAB files reference against former premier Abbasi, 9 others in LNG case – Pakistan

The National Office of Accountability (NAB) Rawalpindi submitted a reference on Tuesday in the case of the LNG import contract against 10 defendants, including former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former finance minister Miftah Ismail and the former managing director of Petroleum of the State of Pakistan (PSO) Sheikh Imranul Haq.

The accountability office presented the reference in an accountability court in Islamabad. According to the reference, a company received benefits of more than Rs21 billion between March 2015 and September this year.

In addition, the reference indicated that the national treasury will suffer a loss of Rs47bn by 2029 due to the contract.

The former president of Ogra, Saeed Ahmed Khan, the president of Ogra, Uzma Adil Khan, the president of the Engro group, Hussain Dawood, the former president of PQA Agha Jan Akhtar, the former member of Ogra Aamir Naseem, the former MD of PSO Shahid M Islam and Abdul Sammad have also been named in the reference. .

The two main defendants, Abbasi and Ismail, have been behind bars for more than four months in this case, while Haq obtained a pre-arrest bond last Tuesday from the Islamabad High Court.

A source had told him Sunrise On Monday, of 10 accused persons, against whom the reference has been made, it is said that two became approvers. The source added that NAB believed that the corruption of about 20 billion rupees had occurred in the scam.

Abbasi was arrested in connection with the case in July. He is accused of granting a 15-year contract for a terminal against the rules when he was an oil minister in the cabinet of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. NAB closed the case in 2016, but then reopened in 2018.

On January 2, the NAB executive board authorized investigations against Abbasi, a former oil and natural resources minister, for his alleged involvement in irregularities in the importation of LNG.

However, Abbasi has said several times in the recent past that he did not commit any illegality in the awarding of contracts for the importation of LNG and that, therefore, he could prove his innocence in any forum. He has presented the opinion that the import of LNG was the need of the moment in 2013, when the country faced an acute shortage of gas.

In April, the government imposed a ban on traveling to Abbasi, Ismail and five other people in this case.



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