Abbasi, Miftah indicted in LNG reference

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court has indicted former prime minister and PML-N MNA Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the LNG terminal reference.

Former finance minister Miftah Ismail and former PSO MD Imranul Haq among 12 others have been indicted too.

The PML-N MNA took the rostrum and denied all the charges against him.

The court has sought evidence from the prosecution on the 19th of this month. Accountability Judge Muhammad Azam Khan ordered provision of a copy of the charge-sheet to all accused.

Ex-PM Abbasi, Miftah Ismail, ex-PSO MD Imranul Haq and others are accused of awarding an LNG import contract allegedly at exorbitant rates in 2015, which caused a huge loss to the national exchequer.

According to the NAB, Abbasi had awarded an LNG import and distribution contract to a private company in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules in 2013.

In previous hearing, Abbasi’s lawyer Barrister Zafarullah had contended that the NAB had written to make Miftah Ismail as an approver in this case while his client had been charged under section 3. The documents in this regard were not provided to the defence side, he added.

“Charges could not be framed against them until provision of these documents to them,” Zafarullah added.

The NAB prosecutor maintained that the demanded documents had been shared with the defence counsel.

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