ISLAMABAD – The chairman National Accountability Bureau, justice (r) Javed Iqbal allowed on Wednesday to start an inquiry against the former premiers belonging to Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz.

In a meeting headed by Chairman NAB, the anti-watchdog authority decided to question former prime ministers Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and his predecessor, Nawaz Sharif over alleged misuse of authority in the multi-million dollars liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project.

NAB’s spokesperson said in a statement that both politicians inflicted huge loss to the national exchequer, adding that both were accused of awarding LNG contract to their favorite company, flouting merit.

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In the executive board meeting at NAB headquarters in Islamabad, the accountability bureau also approved probe against former Sindh chief minister, former secretary, officers of the Sindh Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Department and others over allegations of misuse of authority.

The aforementioned are accused of malpractice by violating the code of conduct to issue contracts during Sindh Cultural Festival in 2014, which allegedly caused losses of Rs127 million to the national kitty.

An investigation was also approved against former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif, concerned secretaries, a former MPA from Chiniot and the management of Ramzan Sugar Mills Chiniot over alleged misuse of authority.

The accountability bureau also announced to launch probe against former chairman of Karachi Port Trust, Vice Admiral (retd) Ahmad Hayat, former Balochistan ministers Sheikh Jaffar Khan and Obaidullah Jan Babat and other officials over similar allegations.