AC extends judicial detention of Shahid Khaqan until February 21

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court extended the judicial detention of former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday until February 21 in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) scandal, ARY News reported.

Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appeared before the liability court.

As the hearing progressed, the accountability court judge Azam Khan asked the NAB prosecutor about the development of the arrest of the fugitive Shahid Islam.

Before which, the NAB prosecutor presented a report in court with details of the travel history of the accused of escape Shahid Islam. The defendant Shahid Islam is currently not in Pakistan, the investigation against him is in process, said the NAB prosecutor.

The court extended Shahid Khaqan’s judicial detention until February 21 and postponed the hearing of the case to date.

Read more: LNG case: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi files a statement of bail at IHC

Addressing the media out of the accountability court, the leader of the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan for continued inflation in the country.

At the previous hearing, the accountability court judge summoned a report on the arrest warrant for Shahid Islam accused accused of escaping from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which had also skipped the previous judicial proceedings in the case.

The charges could not be framed in the case due to the absence of a defendant, the judge said. The proceedings in the case will proceed after the report on the arrest warrant for the accused fugitives is filed, the court said.

The court also ordered the president of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), Uzma Adil and former President Saeed Ahmed to present bail bonds of Rs 10 million each to guarantee their presence at the hearing of the case.

LNG scandal

Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail, former PSO MD Imranul Haq and others face corruption charges for the award of an LNG import contract allegedly at exorbitant rates in 2015, which caused a large loss to the treasury national.

NAB sources said that in 2013, Abbasi had awarded an LNG import and distribution contract to the Elengy Terminal in violation of the rules of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) and the relevant laws.

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The court extends the judicial detention of the Khawaja brothers in the Paragon case

LAHORE: An accountability court extended the judicial detention of former railroad minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique on Wednesday at the Paragon Housing Society scam until February 11, ARY News reported.

The unconditional PML-N Khawaja Saad Rafique and Salman Rafique were presented to the accountability court in Lahore today.

“Who is the complainant of the Paragon Society?” The judge asked the NAB lawyer during the hearing.

“The investigation officer and the lawyer have failed to convince the court, whatever you say, the court summons the president of the NAB or acquits the defendant,” the judge asked.

The National Responsibility Office filed a petition with the court to request the production of the land registry of the Paragon Housing Society at the hearing of the case.

The investigating officer met with the witness by court order, the NAB prosecutor reported.

The NAB has stopped the accounts, Qaiser lawyer Amin Butt told the court, who became a witness to the accusation. A petition has been filed to finalize the decision, the lawyer said.

“The request has been sent to President NAB for response,” the prosecutor told the court.

The court summoned the lawyers to discuss the petition on February 11.

Paragon housing scam

The Khawaja brothers, Nadeem Zia, Umar Zia and Farhan Ali were named defendants in the reference comprising 17 volumes.

According to the reference, the brothers Khawaja and Nadeem Zia owned 93.2 percent of the shares of the Paragon Housing Society.

He claims that former railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafique received monetary benefits from the company worth Rs58 million, while his brother Rs39 million.

A total of 122 people registered their statements against the Khawaja brothers, he added.

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Courtroom extends Shahid Khaqan abbasi remand in LNG reference

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court docket on Tuesday prolonged judicial remand of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Liquefied Pure Gasoline (LNG) contract rip-off, ARY Information reported.

All accused together with Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appeared earlier than the Islamabad accountability court docket right now. The court docket has granted exemption to former finance minister Miftah Ismail from showing within the listening to.

The decide summoned report about arrest warrant of absconding accused Shahid Islam from the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB), who had additionally skipped the earlier court docket proceedings of the case.

Prices couldn’t be framed within the case resulting from absence of an accused, the decide stated. The case proceedings will transfer forward after report about arrest warrant of absconding accused will probably be submitted, the court docket stated.

The court docket additionally ordered chairperson Oil & Gasoline Regulatory Authority (OGRA), Uzma Adil and former chairman Saeed Ahmed to submit surety bonds of 10 million rupees every to make sure their presence within the case listening to.

The court docket prolonged judicial remand of Shahid Khaqan till February 04 and adjourned additional listening to of the case until the date.

LNG scandal

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail, ex-PSO MD Imranul Haq and others are dealing with expenses of corruption over awarding a LNG import contract allegedly at exorbitant charges in 2015, which triggered an enormous loss to the nationwide exchequer.

NAB sources stated that Abbasi, in 2013, had awarded a LNG import and distribution contract to the Elengy Terminal in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) guidelines and related legal guidelines.

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Courtroom rejects NAB plea, sends Ahsan Iqbal to jail on judicial remand

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court docket in Islamabad on Monday turned down a request by the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) to increase bodily remand of PML-N chief Ahsan Iqbal in a case pertaining to the Narowal Sports activities Metropolis rip-off.

The accountability choose despatched the previous federal minister to jail on judicial remand till subsequent listening to.

On the outset of the listening to, NAB officers offered Ahsan Iqbal earlier than the choose, requesting a 14-day extension in his bodily remand for additional questioning in reference to an investigation into the rip-off.

The choose noticed the accused has already been within the bureau’s custody for 28 days and requested if they need his 90-day bodily remand.

A NAB prosecutor knowledgeable the court docket that Ahsan Iqbal was arrested on Dec 23 because the probe into the case is underway. He added statements of witnesses have been recorded after the arrest of the PML-N chief.

Learn Extra: Ahsan Iqbal shifted to Companies Hospital

In the meantime, the court docket gave the accused permission to satisfy his relations inside jail.

He was additionally allowed to have home-cooked meals and entry to medical remedy.

Ahsan Iqbal is accused of utilizing funds of the federal authorities and Pakistan Sports activities Board (PSB) for a sports activities metropolis in Narowal. He had already filed a reply to a questionnaire given to him by the bureau beforehand.

Sources mentioned the NAB Rawalpindi chapter has already obtained an entire document of the Narowal Sports activities Metropolis venture to analyze alleged monetary irregularities, which multiplied the estimated building price of Rs300 million to Rs3 billion.

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Court docket extends judicial remand of Yousaf Abbas

LAHORE: An accountability courtroom on Friday prolonged judicial remand of Yousaf Abbas for 14 days in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, ARY Information reported.

Accountability courtroom Decide Chaduhry Ameer Muhammad Khan heard the case, wherein Maryam Nawaz’s counsel Salman Sarwar advocate appeared earlier than the courtroom to mark attendance behalf of his counsel.

Maryam Nawaz was granted exemption from courtroom look  by the NAB courtroom. Advocate Amjad Pervez, the counsel of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif introduced medical report of his counsel within the courtroom.

“Nawaz Sharif is going through extreme well being points together with, coronary heart, blood stress and platelets concern”, Amjad Pervez knowledgeable the courtroom.

Learn extra: Chaudhry sugar mills case: Govt decides to place Maryam Nawaz on ECL

When the reference will likely be filed in monetary irregularities associated to Chaudhry Sugar Mills?, the honourable decide requested the NAB prosecutor.

To this, the NAB prosecutor in his response mentioned, the reference is in ultimate phases and will likely be filed quickly.

The courtroom adjourned additional listening to into the case until January 31.

Chaudhry Sugar Mills case

The Sharif household has been accused of utilizing CSM for money-laundering and unlawful switch of its shares.

In keeping with NAB, the household took a $15 million mortgage on the pretext to arrange the mill even supposing it had already been established earlier than the mortgage was acquired.

The NAB maintains that greater than Rs7 million value of shares had been transferred to PML-N vice chairman Maryam Nawaz in 2008 via mill’s shares, which had been later transferred to her cousin Yousaf Abbas Sharif in 2010.

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Accountability courtroom extends judicial remand of Hamza Shehbaz

LAHORE: An accountability courtroom in Lahore has prolonged judicial remand of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) chief Hamza Shehbaz until January 17 in Ashiana Housing rip-off and Ramzan Sugar Mills circumstances, ARY Information reported on Tuesday.

The accountability courtroom resumed the listening to of the case associated to the Ashiana housing scheme scandal and Ramzan Sugar Mills circumstances.

In the course of the listening to, the NAB authorities have sought an extension of Hamza Shehbaz which was later accepted by the courtroom.

Furthermore, the courtroom has additionally accepted a plea of former Punjab chief minister and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif for exemption from courtroom look within the circumstances.

Later, the courtroom adjourned the listening to until January 17.

Learn: Brawl breaks out between police officers, Hamza Shehbaz’s legal professionals

Earlier on December 17 final 12 months, the Chief of Opposition in Punjab Meeting, Hamza Shehbaz had filed a petition for his launch on bail in Lahore Excessive Court docket (LHC) in Ramzan Sugar Mills reference.

Amjad Pervaiz Advocate filed bail petition of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief during which Chairman Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB), D.G. NAB Lahore and the NAB investigation officer have been made events.

The petition mentioned that the NAB has initiated Ramzan Sugar Mills’ inquiry with malicious intentions. They initiated the inquiry rating of instances however failed to search out any irregularity, he mentioned.

The Nullah was inbuilt tehsil Bhawana within the public curiosity, the petition mentioned. The provincial cupboard and the meeting had granted approval to the development of the sewerage drain.

Learn: Hamza Shehbaz transferred to Kot Lakhpat jail by the orders of Inside Ministry

The bureau discovered no proof in opposition to Hamza, whereas co-accused in case Shehbaz Sharif has already granted bail by the courtroom, based on the petition.

The arrest warrants of Hamza had been issued after costs framed in opposition to him in Ramzan Sugar Mills reference, which is illegal, petition argued.

Hamza Shehbaz is the chief of opposition in provincial meeting and his arrest has made it tough for him to carry out his duties.

The petitioner has pleaded to the courtroom for his launch within the case on bail.

The Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) had submitted supplementary reference in Ramzan Sugar Mills corruption probe in opposition to Hamza Shehbaz on November 28.

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