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ISLAMABAD: A prosecution witness in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) case against former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and others on Tuesday told the Accountability Court that he has not produced any evidence before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) with respect to the LNG case.

The witness, Nasir Bashir, chief executive officer (CEO) of a private company while testifying before Accountability Court-II judge Muhammad Azam said that he has not produced any evidence regarding the LNG case before the NAB, when he was asked by Abbasi’s counsel Barrister Zafarullah Khan during the cross-examination that did you produce any evidence before the anti-graft body related to the instant reference.

At the start of the hearing, Zafarullah Khan filed an application before the court seeking one-day exemption of his client before it which the court approved.

When Abbasi’s counsel further asked the witness that what was the role of his company in the LNG project, he replied that his company was working as a commission agent. He further said that in the past his company was never part of any LNG terminal project.

To another question, he said that he had done a Bachelors in Commerce from the University of Karachi and has not done a Masters in oil and gas field. He further said that he is a small businessman by profession and CEO of a private company. The court adjourned the case till June 7 after Zafarullah Khan completed the cross-examination of the witness.

The NAB on December 4, 2019, filed the LNG case before the Accountability Court.

Those who are nominated in the reference for allegedly misusing their authority include, Abbasi, Ismail, ex-managing director (MD) Pakistan State Oil (PSO) Sheikh Imranul Haque, Agha Jan Akhtar, former chairman Port Qasim Authority (PQA), Saeed Ahmed Khan, former chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra), Aamir Naseem, former member oil Ogra, Uzma Adil Khan, chairperson Ogra, Shahid M Islam, former MD PSO, and Abdul Samad Dawood.

The bureau on August 6, 2020, filed a supplementary reference against former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and others, in connection with the LNG case.

The bureau has nominated Abbasi, Abdul Khaqan Abbasi, son of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail, ex-MD PSO Sheikh Imran ul Haque, Agha Jan Akhtar, former chairman PQA, and Saeed Ahmed Khan, former chairman Ogra, in the supplementary reference.

The other accused included Aamir Naseem, former member oil Ogra, Uzma Adil Khan, chairperson OGRA, Shahid M Islam, former MD PSO, and Abdul SamadDawood Director Engro Coropration Limited, Hussain Dawood, Chairman Engro Corporaton Limited, M/s QED Consultant, UK through its MD Phillip Nutman, Maverick Advisory through its CEO Sana Sadiq, Muhammad Amin, MD Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL), and Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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