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Pakistan’s ex-finance minister gets bail in corruption case

July 19, 2019
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Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League and brother of arrested former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, addresses a news conference in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, July 18, 2019. Shahbaz Sharif condemned the arrest of ex-prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Authorities arrested Abbasi over alleged irregularities related to the import of natural gas from Qatar. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
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Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League and brother of arrested former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, addresses a news conference in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, July 18, 2019. Shahbaz Sharif condemned the arrest of ex-prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Authorities arrested Abbasi over alleged irregularities related to the import of natural gas from Qatar. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A defense lawyer in Pakistan says a former finance minister has been granted a week’s bail in a corruption case involving natural gas imports.

The development will delay the expected detention of ex-minister Miftah Ismail who is sought by the National Accountability Bureau.

Nihal Hashmi says the High Court in Sindh province granted Ismail bail on Friday.

Meanwhile, a court in Islamabad gave the bureau 13 days to investigate former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who was arrested on Thursday in the same case involving Ismail.

That court also dismissed the bureau’s motion against Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former Premier Nawaz Sharif, which claimed she had submitted fake documents in the investigation against her father.

Sharif was removed from office in 2017 and is serving a seven-year term for corruption.

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Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League and brother of arrested former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, addresses a news conference in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, July 18, 2019. Shahbaz Sharif condemned the arrest of ex-prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Authorities arrested Abbasi over alleged irregularities related to the import of natural gas from Qatar. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)