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Extension in Shahid Khaqan’s judicial remand until October 28

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

The accountability court extended the judicial remand of former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former finance minister Miftah Ismail to the LNG case till October 28.

On Friday, the three accused were brought to court from Adiala Jail in a high-security. Judge Mohammad Bashir approved a 16-day judicial remand on NAB’s plea. Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan came to Rostrum and told the court that the case has been going on for a year and a half. The NAB does not understand how to make a case, we are not going to meet with colleagues and lawyers in jail, how will we defend ourselves unless we sit together? He added that the use of laptops is also not allowed.

The court summoned the jail authorities regarding the meeting of the accused in the jail, medical report and permission to use the laptop. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi sought permission to meet with his colleagues in jail. Former finance minister Miftah Ismail’s lawyer complained that we are not being allowed to provide any food to Miftah. Talking to the media after the hearing in accountability court, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Azaadi March was the biggest success, the government had failed. Shahid Khaqan was asked whether the PML-N should participate in the march. To this he replied it would be the party’s decision!

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Shahid Khaqan made it clear that till now no allegations of corruption have been proved against Nawaz Sharif and neither us, all the arrests are just a drama but there is no evidence. He further said that there will be no evidence, they can prove nothing, and the government is making fake cases. Shahid Khaqan also said that these cases will not go on and history will forgive them. The inquiry on Contract for LNG Terminal against seven persons, including the former Prime Minister, was approved by Chairman NAB Justice (R) Javed Iqbal on June 6, 2018. Court orders Shahid Khaqan and Mufti Ismail to be jailed.

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