Supreme Court fixes petition for hearing against PM Shahid Khaqan

Supreme Court fixes petition for hearing against PM Shahid Khaqan

ISLAMABAD: Prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi seems to be in trouble as Supreme Court has taken up the petition against the PM.

The petition against the Prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been filed by the Awami Muslim League Leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmed over the issue of the LNG deal.

The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan fixed on Friday a plea filed by Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi over alleged corruption in the award of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import contract.

The petition, filed through Barrister Latif Khosa, requesting the SC to order the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action against Abbasi in this regard will be heard on February 12.

It alleges that the premier indulged in massive corruption in the LNG contract awarded in 2015 as the minister for petroleum and natural resources. The counsel further requested court to order National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to initiate investigation against the pm in this regard.

The petition states that importing LNG without agreement is illegal, calling into question the integrity of PM Abbasi. It points out that transparency is a must when awarding contracts of public interest.=

The petitioner prayed to the top court to declare it as a matter of fundamental rights.

A three-judge bench, comprising of Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar will take up constitution petition on February 12.