Islamabad: Pakistan’s interim Prime Minister in-waiting Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who is set to elected for the top job on Tuesday is facing a Rs 220 billion corruption charge which is being carried out by the country’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Abbasi, who was the petroleum minister is a principal accused in a liquefied natural gas import contract, reported the Dawn.
Following the removal of Nawz Sharif as PM after the Panama Papers fall out, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (N) had chosen Abbasi as the interim Premier till Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz’s brother takes over the as Prime Minister.
Other suspects include former petroleum secretary Abid Saeed, Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS) managing director Mobin Saulut, private firm Engro’s chief executive officer Emranul Haq and the Sui Southern Gas Company’s (SSGC) ex-MD Zuhair Ahmed Siddiqui.
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 relevant laws.