Former Pakistani PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was arrested on Thursday in a nearly ₹9,500-crore corruption case related to the awarding of a contract to a liquefied natural gas firm. Abbasi had granted a 15-years contract to a company in which he was a shareholder himself. He’d awarded the contract when he was the Petroleum Minister under ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s rule.
Pakistan National Accountability Bureau on Thursday arrested former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in connection with a case related to the award of a Liquefied Natural Gas [LNG] import contract. Abbasi was arrested when he was on his way to attend a press conference, DawnNewsTV reported. The Bureau had summoned Abbasi to appear before it today for the probe.
However, he failed to appear following which the Bureau arrested him. The Bureau in a notice had asked the former Pakistan prime minister to appear at NAB Islamabad before Investigation Officer & Deputy Director Malik Zubair Ahmed for discussion & recording statement.
“You are advised that failing with this notice may entail penal consequences as provided in serial 2 of the schedule of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999,” DawnNews quoted the notice as saying.
According to Dawn, the notice said that Abbasi committed an offense by deceitfully, fraudulently & dishonestly causing a loss to the national exchequer. It further said that the former Pakistan Prime Minister misused his authority & obtained a pecuniary advantage through corrupt, dishonest & illegal means during the award of LNG Terminal.
This year in April, the Pakistan government imposed a travel ban on Abbasi who served as the prime minister of the country from August 2017 to May 2018.
Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz tweeted a video of Abbasi which appeared to have been shot moments before his arrest.
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