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Supreme Court summons LNG scam details from NAB

Tariq Ullah Wardak

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Tuesday summoned National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor General along with record pertaining to the probe in LNG agreement with Qatar.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the petition filed by a citizen seeking alleged corruption in the LNG contract in previous government’s tenure.

During course of proceedings, the petitioner alleged that, the national exchequer cut losses worth billions of dollars due to the contract.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar observed that a representative of the NAB should present in the court and ordered NAB prosecutor to appear before the bench along with investigation details in the matter on next hearing.

Subsequently, the bench adjourned further hearing to date in office.

It may added that during the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government’s tenure, former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had signed the LNG contract with Qatar.

As per the contract, Pakistan will be able to purchase LNG from Qatar for the next sixteen years.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar during the hearing of Workers Welfare Fund remarked that WWF should be utilized in accordance with the law.

Chief Justice Nisar observed that the government is not contributing in the fund, as per the complaints of WWF officials.

Additional Attorney General (AAG) apprised the court that Finance Ministry has to submit its response on the matter, the rejoinder which had been received from the ministry, so far, is inadequate.

On which, the top judge stated that the WWF should be utilized as per the law.

“Before 18th amendment in the constitution, the funds were the responsibility of the federal government, but now the provincial government takes care of it,” Additional Attorney General informed.

The money is channelized from provinces to the Finance Ministry, he added.

Later, the apex court directed all four provinces to submit a detailed response in the case while ordering advocate generals of four provinces to appear in the cases pertaining to the human rights. The hearing was adjourned till Monday.

 

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