Former Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrested in LNG case

New Delhi: Pakistan’s anti-graft body on Thursday 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.

According to DawnNewsTV, a 12-member National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team intercepted Abbasi’s car when he was on his way to attend a press conference in Lahore. He initially resisted the arrest but eventually conceded.

Abbasi, who served as the Prime Minister from August 2017 to May 2018, was reportedly summoned to appear before the NAB today for the probe.

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.

Notably, a former Prime Minister and a former President of Pakistan are currently behind the bars.

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.

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