ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Thursday gave the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) a final extension in Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Miftah Ismail’s physical remand.
The PML-N leaders are accused of being involved in awarding a 15-year contract for an LNG terminal against the rules when Abbasi was petroleum minister in the cabinet of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir, who heard NAB’s pleas for extension in physical remand of Abbasi, Ismail and former Pakistan State Oil (PSO) managing director Sheikh Imranul Haq, said that Abbasi had been in NAB custody for 56 days and “this is the final extension the court is giving in his remand”.
Earlier in the hearing, while NAB argued that an extension in the remand was vital, Abbasi’s lawyer said that the court should fix two days every week for them to meet their client as NAB was refusing to let them do so.
Former premier Abbasi, on the other hand, told the court to give a “90-day extension in the remand to satisfy NAB”. He also put speculations to rest by saying that no deal is being made with NAB.
Meanwhile, Ismail’s lawyer said that his client was being “kept in isolation for 23 hours every day and should at least be allowed to have his meals with Abbasi”. The lawyer further said that Ismail had been in custody for 11 days already and a 14-day extension should not be made in his physical remand.