LNG case: Court approves 13-day physical remand of ex-PM Abbasi

Web Desk – (Syed Ahad Hussain)

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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Friday granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) 13-day physical remand of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was arrested on Thursday by a 12-member NAB team in the LNG (liquefied natural gas) import contract case.

Ex-premier Abbasi was presented accountability judge Mohammad Bashir today. NAB requested a 14-day physical remand of the PML-N leader.

During the hearings, Abbasi said, “they are seeking remand, give them remand. I have fully cooperated with NAB but I was still arrested,” adding: “I know why they are asking for remand.”

The ex-premier requested the court to grant NAB 90-day physical remand. To which judge Bashir remarked that on the basis of the law, one-time 90-day remand could not be granted.

The ex-prime minister was arrested by a 12-member NAB team in a multi-billion-rupee case related to the award of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import contract. He was on his way to attend a press conference, accompanied by PML-N leaders Ahsan Iqbal and Maryam Aurangzeb when he was arrested on the Thokar Niaz Baig interchange.

Abbasi was subsequently shifted to Islamabad by NAB from Lahore. NAB also issued arrest warrants of PML-N leader Miftah Ismail and former Pakistan State Oil (PSO) managing director Shaikh Imranul Haque for the case pertaining to the LNG contract subsequently after Abbasi’s arrest.

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