Firdous claims of finding massive irregularities in PML-N govt’s import of LNG
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has reiterated that each plundered penny would be recovered from the corrupt elements.
“Massive irregularities are coming to the fore in the import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Qatar during the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N)’s government,” Firdous Awan said in a tweet.
She said the audit report of 2015-16 negated the claims of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi regarding the LNG import.
The special assistant said the Shahid Khaqan would have to answer to the irregularities of 108 billion rupees and four billion rupees of additional amount received from the consumers.
Firdous Ashiq Awan said people were compelled to purchase expensive gas due to the acts of the former PM.
She said those blowing the trumpet of political victimization and declaring themselves innocent were involved in corrupt practices.
On Dec 3, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had lodged a case against nine suspects including Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former finance minister Miftah Ismail in the LNG import case in an accountability court of Islamabad.
An ex- secretary of the petroleum ministry had become an approver in the case. While, names of all the nine suspects including former Pakistan State Oil (PSO) managing director Sheikh Imranul Haq were placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).
They were accused of involvement in the illegal provision of benefit of more than 21 billion rupees to a company through the contract.
The said company yielded benefit from the contract between March 2015 and September 2019, causing a loss worth 47 billion rupees to the national exchequer till 2029.
The anti-graft body is investigating the contract matter with Qatar. While the court has extended the judicial remand of the former PM and former finance minister.
The court will resume the case on December 16.