SC to hear LNG corruption case against PM Abbasi from February 12

AML chief Sheikh Rashid had petitioned the top court alleging that the premier is involved in controversial LNG deals


Hasnaat Mailk February 09, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan fixed on Friday a plea filed by Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed seeking disqualification of Prime Minister  Shahid Khaqan Abbasi over alleged corruption in the award of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import contract.

The petition, filed through Barrister Latif Khosa, requesting the SC to order the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take action against Abbasi in this regard will be heard on February 12.

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It alleges that the premier indulged in massive corruption in the LNG contract awarded in 2015 as the minister for petroleum and natural resources. The counsel further requested court to order National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to initiate investigation against the pm in this regard.

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The petition states that importing LNG without agreement is illegal, calling into question the integrity of PM Abbasi. It points out that transparency is a must when awarding contracts of public interest.=

The petitioner prayed to the top court to declare it as a matter of fundamental rights.

A three-judge bench, comprising of Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar will take up constitution petition on February 12.

COMMENTS (2)

Rehmatay | 3 years ago | Reply Now look at the possibility to amend the Public Procurement Regulatory Auhority rules to assigned the responsibility to Supreme Court of Pakistan to import the LNG to meet the industrial needs of the country. I am afraid that this LNG case is gong to be next Reko-dek case which will cost yet another penalty of billion dollars.
JM | 3 years ago | Reply It's time this so called PM is tried for his corrupt dealings. CJP all the strength to you!
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