Islamabad - A local court yesterday extended the physical remand for one day of an accused arrested for attempting to kidnap two officials of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority while posing as an army official.

Judicial Magistrate Adnan Rashid extended the physical remand of the accused Ali Ashghar after hearing arguments from both sides. According to the police, Ali Khan, a resident of Dera Ismail Khan, attempted to kidnap OGRA LNG Project Executive Director Muhammad Yasin and another official, Imran Akhtar, from their office on September 29 while posing as an army official deputed at General Headquarters, Rawalpindi.

Sub-Inspector Shams Gull, the investigation officer (IO) of the case, produced the accused before the court on the expiry of his two days physical custody. He submitted an application and sought physical remand of the accused for five more days since the police needed his custody for further investigation. Advocate Sajjad Haider Malik represented the accused before the court and opposed the application seeking five days remand of his client. After hearing the arguments from both the sides, the court granted physical custody of the accused to police for one day only.

Earlier, police had arrested him and produced the suspect in a local court on Saturday where he was remanded into their custody for two days.

During the preliminary investigation, Yasin, who is also a key witness in the multi-billion rupee Ogra scam, informed police that Khan turned up at his office on September 29 and asked him and Akhtar to accompany him for a presentation to be given to the Karachi corps commander on the LNG project.  Khan also claimed that the presentation would also be attended by the Chief of Army Staff and that their air tickets had already been arranged.

According to Yasin, when he contacted the coordination officer in Karachi to check on the alleged meeting, officials told him that no such presentation was scheduled.

Then, Yasin approached the police to lodge the complaint against Khan, who was staying in a guest house in Sector F-6 when he was picked up by the police.