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Proposed Interim PM accused in Billion dollars LNG Scam

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is set to become Pakistan’s interim prime minister, is one of seven “expected accused persons from record” in billion dollar LNG scam, it has been reliably learnt.

Name of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former federal minister for petroleum and natural resources, and owner of the private Airblue airline, emerged as consensus candidate for the post of Prime Minister for transitional term of 45 days after which one of the Sharif family members and younger brother of PM Nawaz, Shehbaz Sharif, will take over as Prime Minister for the remaining term in Pakistan extremely dynastical politics.

Abbasi is expected to become Prime Minister of Pakistan in a vote to be held on Tuesday.

But interestingly, Abbasi, who will be elected to the office vacated by Nawaz Sharif over corruption charges, himself faces a pending NAB inquiry in the national accountability bureau’s Karachi office.

The inquiry started on the complaint of Mr. Shahid Sattar, an energy expert, ex-member of the planning & energy commission, SSGC Board, was initiated on July 29, 2015 against the offence committed in 2013 and till date of the initiation of the inquiry, NAB inquiry reports reads.

According to the column of official/officer prima facie actively found involved, Shahid Khaqan Abassi, minister petroleum & natural resources Islamabad is one of the seven expected accused.

According to investigation authorized by Director General NAB, Karachi and carried out by Senior Investigation Officer Abdul Fateh, the accused have caused a loss to national exchequer by extending favor in tender of LNG terminal and payment against LNG gasification.

The accused have misused authority in award of LNG tender to ETPL by violating the PPRA & Relevant rules and laws due to which huge loss of $2billion (approximately) to national exchequer have happened in 15 years

Educated in the US at George Washington University, Abbasi was born in Karachi but is a member of the National Assembly from Murree, a recreational hill point near Islamabad.

Abbasi worked in the US and Saudi Arabia as an electrical engineer before joining politics after his father, a minister in General Zia ul-Haq’s government, was killed in Ujri camp blasts. Abbasi himself survived despite going in the same car when missile hit them, killing in father and taking his brother in coma for nearly two decades before he passed away.

Abbasi has been elected six times as a member of the National Assembly since then, and has previously served as minister for commerce and defence production.

He was the chairman of national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from 1997 to 1999, until General Pervez Musharraf overthrew Sharif´s second government.

Abbasi was nabbed after the coup and imprisoned for two years before being set free.

In 2003, he setup his own airline, Airblue.


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