Pakistan's anti-graft body today arrested former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a multi-billion-rupee case related to the award of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import contract.
A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team intercepted Abbasi's car in Lahore and arrested him. He initially resisted the arrest but eventually conceded. Abbasi, who served as the prime minister from August 2017 to May 2018, had reached Lahore from Islamabad to hold a press conference but was arrested before reaching the venue of the event.
The NAB was probing alleged corruption in the award of contract to import LNG from Qatar by Abbasi when he was minister for petroleum and natural resources in the cabinet of former premier Nawaz Sharif.
Abbasi has denied the charges and said that he would prove his innocence in any court of law. He would be presented before a NAB court to get remand for further investigation. Opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) alleged that Abbasi has been arrested on Prime Minister Imran Khan's direct order.
Three-time prime minister and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif is already serving seven years imprisonment in the Al-Azizia Mills case. Opposition Pakistan Peoples' Party's co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari is also in NAB's custody in fake bank accounts case. (AIR NEWS)