Former Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in connection with a multi-billion rupee case linked to the award of a Liquified Natural gas (LNG) import contract, as reported in Pakistan leading daily Dawn.
He served as the Pakistan Prime Minister for less than a year following the resignation of former PM Nawaz Sharif in 2017. Reportedly Abbasi was on his way to attend a press conference when he was arrested on the Thokar Niaz Beg interchange.
Initially, he’s resisted the arrest only to concede eventually. The former prime minister was summoned for questioning by the NAB this afternoon and he has been shifted to NAB lock-up in Lahore.
صدر پاکستان مسلم لیگ ن شہباز شریف کا شاہد خاقان عباسی کی گرفتاری پر ردعمل
شاہد خاقان عباسی کی گرفتاری کی شدید مزمت کرتے ہیں۔
نیب کا ادارہ عمران نیازی کے ہاتھ میں آلہ کار بنا ہوا ہے۔
ایسے اوچھے ہتھکنڈوں سے ہمارے حوصلے پست نہیں کئے جا سکتے۔
— President PMLN (@president_pmln) July 18, 2019
Abbasi is expected to be produced before an accountability court for physical remand. a medical team is scheduled to conduct an examination soon.
Leader of opposition in the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif condemned Abbasi’s arrest and tweeted that NAB has become Prime Minister Imran Khan’s puppet, however, such cheap tactics won’t really affect others in the country. Earlier this year, the Pakistan government had imposed a travel ban on Abbasi along with six others in the same case.