SHC extends Shahid Khaqan’s interim bail in illegal appointment case

The Sindh High Court (SHC) extended interim bail of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in illegal appointmens case on Monday (today).

The two-member SHC bench headed by Justice Omar Sial heard the illegal appointment case against former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

During the hearing President Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) appeared before the court seeking extension in interim bail.

However, the court expressed displeasure over the absence of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials, despite the fact that the accused Mr Abbasi had flown in from Islamabad to attend the hearing.

The court then adjourned the hearing and extended the interim bail of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and ormer petroleum secretary, Arshad Mirza till September 3rd

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has accused Mr Abbasi of misusing his authority as federal petroleum minister to illegally appoint Sheikh Imran-ul-Haq and Yaqoob Sattar as Managing Director (MD) and Deputy MD Finance respectively.

According to the accountability watchdog, illegal appointments had cost national treasury of up to Rs 1.38 billion as Mr Imran-ul-Haq received a salary of Rs 4.95 million and Mr Waqoob Sattar Rs 2.7 millon per month.

During the case, NAB had contended that Imran-ul-Haq had no work experience in the petroleum industry and that both appointments were made in violation of the rules and regulations established by Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding the appointment of high ranking officials and executives.