KARACHI: June 10 The Sindh High Court has extended the interim per-arrest bail of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former petroleum secretary Arshad Mirza till Aug 27 . The bail was granted in a case of alleged illegal appointments on two key posts of the Pakistan State Oil .
Before the double bench headed by Justice Omar Sial, the lawyer of former prime minister and Khawaja Naveed Ahmed, informed the court that his client had been tested positive for Covid-19 and moved an application to condone his absence.When the bail applications came up for hearing
The lawyer further submitted that the former prime minister was in quarantine in Islamabad and unable to appear before the court.
The bench extended the interim pre-arrest bail of both the petitioners till Aug 27 and directed them to appear before it on the next date of hearing.
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Last month, the SHC had granted interim bail to the former premier and the then petroleum secretary against a surety bond of Rs500,000 each till June 9 and directed them to appear before the trial court.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed a reference against Mr Abbasi of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Mr Mirza for allegedly appointing Sheikh Imran-ul-Haq as managing director and Yaqoob Sattar as deputy managing director (finance) of the PSO in violation of rules and regulations.