ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi excused himself from appearing before National Accountability Bureau (NAB) due to being outside from the country on Friday inthe Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) scandal.

Former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was summoned by NAB today in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) scandal.

The Supreme Court last year on Sept 10 directed the NAB to complete the inquiry against the former premier and others for the alleged corruption in the LNG contract with Qatar.

In 2015, NAB had started investigation against Abbasi for awarding a LNG import contract, which caused a potential $2 billion loss to the national exchequer.

As per the NAB documents, the contract for the LNG import and distribution was awarded to the Elengy Terminal in 2013 in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and relevant laws.