The Islamabad High Court extended on Tuesday the protective bail of former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the PSO MD appointment case.
Abbasi had filed for an extension in his bail on Monday. He said that he has to appear before an accountability court in Karachi on May 12 and it will be difficult for him to do so as air traffic and railway services have been suspended in the country because of the coronavirus lockdown.
The court approved his petition and granted him a three-week extension. He will not appear before an accountability court on May 27.
NAB has issued his non-bailable arrest warrants in the case on March 27 for appointing people illegally. This is the second reference NAB has filed against him.
Abbasi, who is currently out on bail in the LNG terminal case, has been accused of hiring people illegally while he was serving as the petroleum minister during PML-N’s tenure.
NAB claimed that he illegally appointed Pakistan State Oil’s managing director and deputy managing director.