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Former Pakistani PM Abbasi arrested

  • Published at 06:47 pm July 18th, 2019
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Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 21, 2017 Reuters

Abbasi, who served for less than a year following the resignation of former premier Nawaz Sharif in 2017, was arrested while on his way to Lahore

Pakistan's anti-corruption agency arrested a former prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Thursday, a spokesman for the agency, the National Accountability Board (NAB), said.

He gave no details on the grounds for the arrest but a copy of the arrest warrant shared by Abbasi's PML-N party, indicated that he was accused of "corruption and corrupt practices."

Abbasi, who served for less than a year following the resignation of former premier Nawaz Sharif in 2017, was arrested while on his way to a news conference in the eastern city of Lahore.

"They said they were from the NAB and took away Shahid Khaqan Abbasi with them," Ahsan Iqbal, a senior PML-N parliamentarian told a television station.

Last year, the NAB ordered an inquiry into both Abbasi and Sharif over a liquefied natural gas terminal project. Sharif is serving a seven-year sentence after being convicted in a separate corruption case.