ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) barred former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s son Abdullah Khaqan Abbasi at the Islamabad Airport from leaving abroad on Saturday.
According to sources, Abbasi was offloaded by the FIA immigration staff when he was on his way to Dubai on flight EK613.
Abdullah was stopped after his name appeared on the ‘Stop List’ provided by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to the immigration officials. His name, however, is not included in the Exit Control List (ECL).
NAB arrests Abbassi for LNG case
Last year, NAB had arrested Abbasi for alleged corruption while awarding a multi-billion rupee import contract for LNG in 2013 when he was the minister for petroleum and natural resources.
On July 28, 2020, the NAB chairman had approved a supplementary reference against Abbasi, his son Abdullah Khaqan Abbasi, Miftah Ismail, ex-chairman of SSGC Board, former CEO of EETPL and MD of PSO, ex-chairman of PQA Agha Jan Akhtar, former chairman of OGRA Saeed Ahmed Khan, ex-member Oil of OGRA Aamir Naseem, ex-chairperson of OGRA Uzma Adil Khan, ex-MD of PSO Shahid M Islam, chairman of Engro Corporation Limited Husain Dawood, director of Engro Corporation Limited Abdul Samad Dawood, and others.
The allegation was that the accused, through a non-transparent process, awarded the LNG Terminal-1 contract.
The accused public office holders misused their authorities in active connivance with each other to give wrongful gains of Rs14.146 billion to EETL/ETPL/ECL in connection with LNG Terminal-1 of EETL and also caused a wrongful loss of Rs7.438 billion, approximately, for non-utilisation of unused capacity of second LNG Terminal of PGPL from March 2015 to September 2019.
Hence, the total liability amounts to Rs21.584 billion, approximately, till September 2019.