LAHORE: On Monday, Accountability court has prolonged judicial remand of former premier and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and ex-finance minister Miftah till November 19 in liquid natural gas (LNG) scandal.
According to information, the suspects were accessible before the court by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for further reports.
Earlier, the medical board had led a medical examination of Abbasi at Adiala Jail and recommended to shift him to the hospital due to stone in his kidney. More tests would be led to inspect the health of the ex-premier.
Earlier on July 18, 2019, the anti-corruption watchdog had detained Shahid Khaqan Abbasi near Thokar Niaz Baig toll plaza in linking with an ongoing inquiry into the ‘illegal’ award of the Liquid Natural Gas contract with Qatar.
The apex court on September 10, 2018, directed the National Accountability Bureau to complete the investigation against Abbasi and others for the suspected corruption in the LNG agreement.
In June 2018, the NAB accepted investigation against former premier Nawaz Sharif and Abbasi. As the minister for petroleum and natural resources. He has been suspecting of yielding contract on LNG Terminal to ETPL, Tri-partial agreement, LSA with EETPL and LNG import from Qatar, etc.
It was also practical that this contract had supposedly triggered a loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer.