LNG scam Former premier Khaqan Abbasi to appear before NAB today

LNG scam: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appears before NAB

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI: Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi office in a case pertaining to liquefied natural gas (LNG) import scam, on Tuesday.

While talking to media former premier Abbasi said he has provided all the details that were asked by the accountability bureau and announced to appear before the NAB daily if summoned.

Regarding the PM Imran Khan claims of discovering new gas reserves, he said that soon he will hold a press conference regarding the new gas reserves to inform the nation.

Earlier, NAB had directed the former premier to submit complete record along with details of his assets. He was also given a questionnaire comprising 75 questions.

The National Accountability Bureau had summoned Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the second week of March. The erstwhile premier had requested the NAB to extend the date till the last week of the month as he was not in Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a case pertaining to liquefied natural gas (LNG) import scam, on Tuesday (today).

According to report, the anti-corruption watchdog had also sought details of the assets owned Abbasi in connection with the investigation of the LNG contract.

Abbasi had been directed to submit all details during ongoing probe of the accountability watchdog. NAB sources said that Abbasi had been handed over a questioner during his last appearance before a joint investigation team of the bureau.

NAB is probing a case instituted against Abbasi in 2015 for allegedly awarding a LNG import contract at exorbitant rates, which caused a potential $2 billion loss to the national exchequer.

It accused Abbasi of misusing his powers during his stint as petroleum minister. The case was registered on a complaint by Shahid Sattar – an energy expert and former member of the Planning Commission and the SSGC board of directors – on July 29, 2015.

According to the bureau, the contract for the LNG import and distribution was awarded to the Elengy Terminal in 2013 in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and relevant laws.

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