KARACHI - Accountability Court Karachi on Monday framed charges against Pakistan Ambassador to Iran, MB Abbasi, in a corruption reference. The court directed to produce witnesses in the next hearing on February 22. Judge Mir Muhammad Sheikh framed charges against him after hearing the comments from both the sides, while his counsel has denied the charges. MB Abbasi is accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in two corruption references of violating rules and granting loans worth Rs40 million to his favourite companies during his tenure as chairman of the National Development Finance Corporation (NDFC) in 90s. Representing MA Abbasi, Amir Raza Naqvi Advocate appeared before the court and submitted his arguments. The court adjourned the hearing for the next date while ordered the NAB prosecution to produce the witnesses of the case. After the judgment of Supreme Court regarding National Reconciliation Ordinance, NAB moved two corruption references against the Pakistani ambassador. Abbasis counsel while denying the allegations against him submitted that his client had been victimised on political grounds in the previous regime. It is evident from the very fact that he was arrested on November 16, 1996, and given in custody to police and was served detention order under Section 3(1) of Sindh Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) 1996. He was picked up from Karachi Central Jail by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), showing his arrest in the FIR registered under Section 409/34 PPC read with Section 5(2) of Act-II of 1947. Meanwhile, the case in respect of FIR No 40/97, PS CBC Karachi which had been pending before the Special Court (offences in respect of bank) Sindh Karachi was transferred to the NAB Karachi. When on October 5, 2007, NRO was promulgated, his case which was pending before Accountability Court No 4, Karachi as reference No 27/2003 stood withdrawn and thus the proceedings were terminated and withdrawn in the context of Section 7 of NRO 2007 as such an application was moved before the said court.