Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrested on corruption charges

According to reports Abbasi was on his way to attend a press conference and was arrested on the Thokar Niaz Beg interchange. — DawnNewsTV

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was on Wednesday arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in connection with a corruption case.

"Another elected prime minister has been arrested".

Abbasi - whose Pakistan Muslim Leauge-Nawaz (PML-N) party was voted out a year ago following a heated contest with former World Cup cricketer Khan - was taken in to custody in the eastern city of Lahore and set to appear in an anti-corruption court.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been "accused of commission of the offence of corruption and corrupt practices" by the NAB.

The number of opposition figures in the dragnet has sparked concerns in some corners that the clean-up is being motivated by politics instead of accountability, however. He went on to make several emotional statements about his party being targeted and victimized by the accountability bureau in a press conference.

In his reaction to Abbasi's arrest, Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that NAB was continuously being used as an institution against the opposition.

A NAB team was also present at the SHC premises.

Abbasi previously appeared before the body concerning the case on several occasions.

"I believe today is yet another black day in Pakistan's history", Ahsan Iqbal, a senior parliamentarian from Abbasi's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, told reporters, accusing Prime Minister Imran Khan of trying to suppress opposition.

The apex court on September 10, 2018 directed the NAB to complete the inquiry against Abbasi and others for the alleged corruption in the LNG contract.

It was also observed that this contract had allegedly caused a loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer.

Sources noted that the NAB officers were inside Ismail's residence but the ex-minister was not home.

Related News:

  • Rory is completing the package - McDowell tips McIlroy for Open glory

    Rory is completing the package - McDowell tips McIlroy for Open glory

    The good thing I have tucked away is when I'm playing good I seem to reach another level, which I have proved to myself a lot. A little nervous for a Tuesday, I couldn't believe it, really. "It will be a special moment on the first tee tomorrow".
    Trump's attacks on congresswomen could boost Biden campaign

    Trump's attacks on congresswomen could boost Biden campaign

    Back in Washington on Thursday , the president disavowed the chant against Omar , saying, "I was not happy with it". Well, in AOC's case it's the Bronx; in Tlaib's case, it's Detroit; and in Omar's case, it's originally Somalia.

    Huawei: "Hongmeng OS Is Not for Smartphones"

    According to Chinese news agency Xinhua , Chen said that Hongmeng is a highly secure operating system that is being developed for industrial use only.
  • Ex-Giants lineman Petrus, 32, dies of heat stroke

    Ex-Giants lineman Petrus, 32, dies of heat stroke

    Petrus was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round in 2010 and got into 11 regular-season games his rookie year, with no starts. Dismang's chief of staff during the Legislature's 2018 session, when Dismang was the chamber's president.
    Heat warning now in effect

    Heat warning now in effect

    Outdoors workers and athletes, and their supervisors and coaches, should take extra precautions to prevent overexertion. More than 100 local heat records are expected to fall Saturday , according to the National Weather Service .
    Trump Announces Labor Secretary Pick

    Trump Announces Labor Secretary Pick

    A Miami Herald investigation published last November described the plea deal, negotiated by Acosta, as the "deal of a lifetime". The Democratic-controlled Senate refused to confirm him, though he got the job later for a time under a recess appointment.
  • Man scales down 19-story building to escape high-rise inferno

    Man scales down 19-story building to escape high-rise inferno

    Police officers on the scene assisted the seemingly uninjured man in climbing over scaffolding at the bottom of the building. Firefighters used a water line to flood the trash chute twice, the AP reported.
    Ardern to raise deportations with PM

    Ardern to raise deportations with PM

    However, they remain New Zealand citizens without access to welfare in Australia and can be summarily deported to their homeland. It will be their first sit-down since the Australian Liberal leader defied the polls to secure a third term government in May.
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order | Launch Trailer

    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order | Launch Trailer

    The first of these, Curse of the Vampire, adds Marvel Knights heroes Blade , Moon Knight , Morbius and Punisher on September 30. If we talk about the characters that will be available for free for freebies, X-men, Fantastic Four , Marvel Knights etc.
  • Dennis quits Tour in bizarre way, Yates wins in Pyrenees

    Dennis quits Tour in bizarre way, Yates wins in Pyrenees

    After the finish of the stage, Bahrain-Merida's Sports Director Gorazd Stangelj talked to the media about the situation. The main pack of contenders crossed the finish line 9 minutes, 35 seconds behind the victor .
    Cats movie: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson and Jason Derulo star

    Cats movie: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson and Jason Derulo star

    It is based on the musical of the same name, which in turn was based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. Fans have reacted with bafflement after the first trailer for Taylor Swift's Cats was unveiled.
    Airline Sorry for Sharing 'Fact' About 'Safest' Seats in Crash

    Airline Sorry for Sharing 'Fact' About 'Safest' Seats in Crash has contacted KLM for comment. "This may involve a request to a mother to cover her breast", she added. KLM's response prompted Twitter users to ask other airlines if their stance on breastfeeding is similar.

Most liked

Hawaii expands power to block telescope protesters
Doug Ing, an attorney for the Thirty Meter Telescope , said the latest lawsuit has no merit and is another delay tactic. The construction was finally slated to start this week after drawn-out legal battles between opponents and developers.

Gibraltar extends detention of Iranian tanker for a month
ROGUE State Iran has sensationally seized a British oil tanker on the Strait of Hormuz according to Iranian state TV . Iran's supreme leader threatened to seize a British oil tanker if the Grace 1 was not released.

GTA Online’s The Diamond Casino & Resort Opening July 23
It's what it sounds like, where players spin the wheel and try to win a random prize. Play against the dealer by betting three-card poker chips, blackjack, and roulette .

"The Lion King" Expected To Pull In Over $150M During Opening Weekend
Disney's " The Lion King " is heading for a dominant $185 million opening weekend in North America, early estimates showed Friday. If Lion King clicks past Deathly Hallows 2's $169.1M, then it's the best domestic opening ever for July.

President Trump says Melania told him about A$AP Rocky's Sweden arrest
Once the investigation is complete, the prosecution will decide whether to formally charge the rapper. Videos published on social media show a person being violently thrown onto the ground by Mayers .

BriefOmar introducing pro-BDS resolution, announces trip to Israel and Palestinian areas
So while the president's North Carolina rally broke out in chants of "send her back!" as Trump attacked Rep. Many in Omar's party have acknowledged that a BDS resolution is anti-Semitic, and have fired back.

Ryan Fox breaks 148-year record at British Open
McIlroy played reasonably well except the start (quadruple bogey) and finish (triple bogey) in his round of 79. He ended up with a triple-bogey 7. "And I didn't do it", Woods said. "It was a pretty tough hole anyway".

'Welcome Home, Ilhan!' Omar Greeted With Cheering Crowd After Return To Minnesota
Harris will "not be distracted by a person, who, the way she'd characterize, is weak and wants to stoke fear", Rodriguez said. One mock movie poster labels the women "The Jihad Squad" and includes the tagline: "Political Jihad is their game".

Microsoft extends lead as world's most valuable company with record profits
That's in addition to cloud infrastructure such as data centres and servers, where Amazon is the market leader. Surface revenue has continued to climb (up 14% YoY), driven by strong "commercial segment" growth.

El Chapo Sentenced To Life and 13 Billion Dollar Fine
Prosecutors said Guzman will be serving his sentence behind "tons of steel", a reference to a heavily guarded jail in Colorado. Jeffrey Lichtman, one of Guzman's attorneys, echoed his sentiments, saying the trial will "forever be a stain of injustice".

Turkish military conducts airstrikes in northern Iraq
Turkish spokesman Ibrahim Kalin vowed that "the necessary response will be given to those who committed this treacherous attack". The PKK has denied responsibility for the consular official's killing along with two others at a restaurant on Wednesday.

Boris Johnson in profile
Business minister Greg Clark and global development minister Rory Stewart both abstained on the vote, but do not plan to resign, their aides said.

City To Ban Gendered Language Like "Manhole"
NBC also reported that city council member Rigel Robinson, the youngest member of the council, orchestrated the new ordinance . Instead of " manpower ", city code must now say either " human effort " or "workforce".

Google Stadia AMA: Not Netflix for Games, controller Bluetooth audio coming
A Takeout feature will also allow users to download their game metadata and save files should they decide to leave the platform. But what we can do is to launch the service and continue investing in it for years to come". "And that's just the beginning".

United Kingdom extremely concerned about jailed British-Iranian aid worker
The United Nations, the US Congress and Canadian Parliament have all made requests for Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release. The couple's five-year-old daughter Gabriella has stayed in Iran with her grandparents since her mother's arrest.