Former Finance Minister Miftah Ismail in hot waters

Former Finance Minister Miftah Ismail in hot waters

*KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday once again called for former finance minister Miftah Ismail on July 5 in illegal contract case.*

The NAB has asked the former finance minister to appear before the accountability bureau on July 5th (Thursday), previously he had also been summoned by NAB on June 20th .

The NAB in a statement had alleged that Ismail approved awarding of illegal contracts to Jamshoro Joint Venture Limited (JJVL) during his tenure as chairman of Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd.

Ismail served as the chairman of SSGC from November 2013 to October 2017. He was named advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs late last year, before being promoted to the role of federal finance minister in April 2018.

It was also suspected that five expensive gas fields were contracted to JJVL in violation of the Supreme Court’s orders and Miftah Ismail approved the contracts during a board of directors meeting chaired by him.