Pakistan interim PM-designate faces inquiry

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PV International Desk : The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) nominee for the post of interim Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, is facing a Rs 220 billion corruption inquiry by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import contract.

Abbasi, the former Petroleum Minister, is a principal accused in a NAB case registered in 2015, Dawn newspaper reported.

The other suspects in the case are 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.