Court releases Abbasi on parole

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

An accountability court in Islamabad on Monday released former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on a parole for attending funeral of his uncle. As hearing of an application, filed by Abbasi’s sister, resumed, Judge Muhammad Bashir asked about location of the funeral being held. To this, the court was told that the funeral would be held in Murree. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor objected to former premier’s release; however the court declined the objection. On September 12, the court had given the accountability watchdog a final extension in Abbasi and Miftah Ismail’s physical remand. The PML-N leaders are accused of being involved in awarding a 15-year contract for an LNG terminal against the rules when Abbasi was petroleum minister in the cabinet of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

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