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.
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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.
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.