Former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi lands in hot waters yet again

Former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi lands in hot waters yet again

ISLAMABAD - Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi lands in hot waters yet again.The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) summoned former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) contract case on Thursday (tomorrow).

Shahid Khaqan's son Abdullah Shahid has also been directed to appear tomorrow.

According to details, former Prime Minister and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been summoned for his statement in the LNG supplementary reference.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be handed with a questionnaire prepared by the NAB on supplementary reference.

NAB has summoned the former premier on the basis of “secret transactions” conducted via his accounts. The father-son duo will be asked to explain under what head billions of rupees were transacted into their accounts at a time when the then government was in the process of finalising the LNG agreements.

On July 18, Abbasi was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) while en-route to Thokar Niaz Baig in Lahore in a multi-billion-rupee case related to the award of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import contract.

On December 12, NAB Rawalpindi again filed a reference in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) case against former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former finance minister Miftah Ismail. The reference was filed on December 3, however, the accountability court has returned the reference after raising some objections.

Additionally, the reference stated that the national exchequer will suffer a loss of Rs47bn by 2029 because of the contract.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had granted bail to Abbasi in the LNG reference on February 25.