Decision reserved on pleas for acquittal of ex-PM, others.

ISLAMABAD -- An accountability court on Tuesday reserved decision on applications seeking acquittal of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and others in the re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) reference.

Accountability Judge Nasir Javed Rana reserved the decision after the counsel for the accused concluded arguments.

Mr Abbasi, ex-finance minister Miftah Ismail, former managing director Pakistan State Oil (PSO) Sheikh Imranul Haq, ex-Ogra chairpersons Saeed Ahmed Khan and Uzma Adil Khan, Engro Group chairman Hussain Dawood, former chairman PQA Agha Jan Akhtar, ex-member Ogra Aamir Naseem, former managing director PSO Shahid M. Islam and PSO official Abdul Sammad have been nominated in the reference.

The reference filed by NAB stated that one LNG company had received benefits of over Rs21 billion because of the contract. The reference said the national exchequer would suffer Rs47bn loss by 2029 if the contract...

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