ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition of Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed regarding disqualification of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi over LNG terminal and agreement with Qatar to import gas.
A three judge bench of apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprises of Justice Umer Atta Bandial and Justice Ejaz-ul-Hassan has conducted the hearing of the petition on Monday.
During the course of the hearing, the court observed that an agreement was signed between two governments and all important things were considered in this regard. Under which article of the constitution Prime Minister be declared disqualify? The bench ruled that the case can be taken to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which is an independent institution.
Sardar Latif Khosa, counsel of petitioner Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has adopted that court orders are being severely violated adding that government is misusing its powers. Pakistan has vast reservoir of natural gas. LNG agreement was signed for fifteen years.
“The government has signed LNG agreement with Shell Company and almost every thing is being hidden. Approximately 2 lac 72 thousand US dollar are being paid on daily basis as per agreement”, Khosa added.
Chief Justice and head of the bench has observed that independent institutions exists in the country and they have been established for this purpose adding that like Steel Mills and Recodec court will not interfere again in these matters. Country has already defamed internationally due to these cases.
It is worth mentioning here that LNG agreement was signed with government of Qatar to purchase LNG worth billions of US dollar during the regime of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi then Petroleum Minister had signed on this agreement.