ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad on Thursday approved 11-day physical remand of former finance minister Miftah Ismael and former managing director of Pakistan State Oil (PSO) Sheikh Imranul Haq in the LNG case.
During the hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) produced the suspects before judge Tahir Mehmood. The investigation officer also submitted a copy of the arrest warrant when the court inquired about the cause for arrest.
The anti-graft agency officials also submitted Miftah Ismail’s medical report in the court. As the hearing went underway, the prosecutor requested for a 15-day remand of the accused.
The defence counsel objected to the appeal for the physical remand, however, the court granted 11-day remand of both suspects and directed the bureau to produce them before the court on August 19.
The anti-corruption watchdog arrested Miftah Ismail and Imranul Haq on Wednesday after their bail plea was rejected by the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
The apex court on September 10, 2018, had directed the bureau to complete the inquiry against former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail and others for the alleged corruption in the awarding of the multi-million rupee LNG contract.
In June 2018, the NAB approved inquiry against former premier Nawaz Sharif and Abbasi, then minister for petroleum and natural resources, in granting contract of LNG terminal for 15 years to their ‘favorite’ company which caused a loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer.
In January, the NAB interrogated former finance minister Miftah Ismail in the same case.
According to NAB documents, the contract for the LNG import and distribution was awarded to the Elengy Terminal, a subsidiary of Engro, in 2013 in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and other relevant laws.