ISLAMABAD : The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday froze the moveable and immovable assets of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former finance minister Miftah Ismail in the LNG case. According to details, both Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders have been stopped from transferring ownership of vehicles and properties. The anti-graft watchdog has also stopped the transfer of already sold vehicles of PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
On the other hand, the accountability court has reserved its decision on plea of Shahid Khaqan to allow the transfer of the vehicle. The accountability court in June had directed the National Accountability Bureau to file a supplementary reference against former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal case. Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted bail to former finance minister Miftah Ismail and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the LNG case. Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail, ex-PSO MD Imranul Haq and others are facing charges of corruption over awarding a LNG import contract allegedly at exorbitant rates in 2015, which caused a big loss to the national exchequer. The NAB said that Abbasi, in 2013, had awarded a LNG import and distribution contract to the Elengy Terminal in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and relevant laws.