ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Friday extended the judicial remand of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) case till Mar 9.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader was presented before the court after his judicial remand expired.
As the hearing went underway, NAB’s prosecutor said arrest warrants of Shahid Muzaffarul Islam, an accused in the LNG case, were issued but he was not available at his home address.
“[We] will present a comprehensive report in this regard on the next hearing, the court can exclude Muzaffarul Islam’s name from the reference by issuing his permanent warrants,” NAB prosecutor said.
However, Barrister Zafarullah, the lawyer of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi opposed the move by stating that how one’s name can be excluded from the case in an incomplete trial?
He said according to the NAB, Shahid Muzaffarul Islam was co-accused with his client, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in the reference.
The court after hearing the arguments extended the judicial remand of Abbasi and adjourned hearing till March 9.
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail, ex-PSO MD Imranul Haq, and others are facing charges of corruption over awarding an LNG import contract allegedly at exorbitant rates in 2015, which caused a big loss to the national exchequer.
NAB sources said that former premier, in 2013, had awarded an LNG import and distribution contract to the Elengy Terminal in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and relevant laws.