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Plea to disqualify Pak PM Abbasi in LNG import case dismissed

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's today dismissed a petition seeking the disqualification of Prime Minister alleging corruption in the (LNG) contracts struck under his watch in 2015.

The petition filed by Awami (AML) Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, had alleged that awarded the LNG import contract in 2015 as the without observing transparency in the bidding process.

Ahmed had also sought an inquiry by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against 59-year-old as well as disqualification from Parliament.

After hearing the arguments presented by Rashid's counsel, Latif Khosa, the top court ruled that the petition did not fall within the ambit of Article 184(3) of the Constitution, which empowers the court to enforce citizens' fundamental rights, Dawn newspaper reported.

The dismissal of the case comes months after the apex court disqualified former in the Panama Papers case. Abbasi became after the exit of Sharif.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 17:35 IST