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Khaqan Abbasi appears before NAB in LNG scam

ISLAMABAD: Erstwhile prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a case pertaining to liquefied natural gas (LNG) import scam, ARY News reported.

The team led by NAB’s Combined Investigation Team Malik Zubair is quizzing the former prime minister in the scandal.

Sources privy to the development, said the Abbasi failed to bring the required documents in the case along with him.

“Need some time to hand over the documents”, Khaqan was quoted as saying to the NAB investigation team.

The NAB had sought details of the assets owned Abbasi in connection with the investigation of the LNG contract.

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NAB is probing a case instituted against Abbasi in 2015 for allegedly awarding a LNG import contract at exorbitant rates, which caused a potential $2 billion loss to the national exchequer.

It accused Abbasi of misusing his powers during his stint as petroleum minister. The case was registered on a complaint by Shahid Sattar – an energy expert and former member of the Planning Commission and the SSGC board of directors – on July 29, 2015.

According to the bureau, 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.

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