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.

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