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Court docket reserves verdict on LNG reference towards Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, others

ISLAMABAD: An accountability courtroom on Tuesday reserved verdict on the LNG Reference filed towards Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and others.

Former PM Abbasi and co-accused appeared within the courtroom listening to.

Earlier, counsel of Abdul Samad Dawood, a co-accused within the case, in his arguments stated {that a} board comprised of 13 members determined to present the tender. “The LSA course of started after completion of the bidding,” defence counsel stated.

“The instances have been cooked up on political grounds,” Shahid Khaqan Abbasi instructed the courtroom. “See the place the nation is standing right this moment,” he stated.

“I’ve filed petition in Islamabad Excessive Court docket to know what fees are towards me,” Abbasi stated. “Mr. Abbasi appeared earlier than the courtroom in every listening to and attend the proceedings,” NAB prosecutor stated.

“No witness knowledgeable what allegations have been towards me,” former prime minister stated. “I’ve been dragged within the case for final 4 12 months,” he lamented.

“I’ve bought a automobile an individual 4 years in the past however couldn’t obtained time to switch the car on his title,” Abbasi stated.

LNG reference

Ex-PM Abbasi, former finance minister Miftah Ismail, former managing director of the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) Sheikh Imranul Haq, ex-chairperson of the Oil and Gasoline Regulatory Authority (Ogra) Uzma Adil and others are named within the reference.

The courtroom had indicted all of the accused within the case. They pleaded not responsible and opted to contest the fees. Subsequently, the courtroom directed the NAB prosecution to furnish proof to again up the fees towards them.

Former PM Abbasi is accused of awarding an LNG Terminal-I contract to a agency at Port Qasim Karachi, at exorbitant charges.


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