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NAB records statement of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in LNG scam case

RAWALPINDI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday recorded statement of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in liquefied natural gas (LNG) scam case, ARY News reported.

A four-member team of the accountability watchdog headed by Additional Director Mohammed Zubair grilled Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for more than two hours and presented him a questionnaire comprising 70 queries.

Following the interrogation, the former PM left the NAB Rawalpindi office.

The senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was summoned by the accountability watchdog’s Rawalpindi chapter on February 19 (today).

Earlier on February 8, Abbasi had excused from appearing before the NAB.

The NAB is inquiring into a case registered in 2015 against Abbasi for awarding a LNG import contract which caused a potential $2 billion loss to the national exchequer.

Read More: Khaqan Abbasi excuses from appearing before NAB today

Accusing the then, minister for petroleum, Khaqan Abbasi of misusing his authority, the case was registered on complaint of Shahid Sattar – an energy expert and former member of the Planning Commission and the SSGC board of directors – on July 29, 2015.

According to NAB documents, the contract for the LNG import and distribution was awarded to the Elengy Terminal in 2013 in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and relevant laws.

The NAB documents at that time said it had been recommended that the names of all accused in the case, including Mr Abbasi, should be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL). However, no such decision was taken.

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