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Pakistan: Former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi detained with corruption allegations

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Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com
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Former PM of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is detained and will be facing anti-corruption court on Friday, authorities said.

Abbas, whose Nawaz Muslim League leader Nawaz (PML-N) party was removed last year following a fierce race with former World Cricket crew, Khan, was arrested in the eastern city here and was faced with an anti-corruption court.

“He is arrested and expected to appear before the National Bureau of Accountability (NAB) court, on Friday,” NAB officials said. A second official of the bureau also confirmed the arrest of the former leader.

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi served as Pakistan Prime Minister from August 2017 to May 2018.

His arrest was made a few weeks after former President Asif Ali Zardari was arrested on corruption charges. Abbasi’s successor, Nawaz Sharif was also imprisoned after being sentenced to seven years in prison last year for corruption charges. His brother, Shabhaz Sharif was also targeted by anti-bribe authorities.

“Another prime minister was arrested. Does anybody in power with a lot of power also face a lawless, embarrassing and unfair situation? “Tweeted Nawaz’s daughter, who is also the opposition leader, Maryam Nawaz Sharif following the ablution’s arrest.

According to the bureau’s document explaining the reason for the PML-N stalwart’s arrest, Abbasi, former petroleum and natural resources minister, allegedly used his influence to award the contract of the construction of an LNG terminal at the Karachi port to Elengy Terminal Pakistan Limited (ETPL), causing a loss to the national kitty.

A firm, QED Consulting, was hired to prepare tender documents for the LNG terminal contract.

The services of the firm were hired in lieu of Sui Southern Gas Company for the purpose in gross violation of relevant provisions of Procurement Services Regulations 2010.

Earlier on Thursday, the corruption watchdog arrested Former PM Abbasi from Thokhar Niaz Baig Interchange. He was summoned in the LNG case today but he didn’t turn up before the bureau.

As per the arrest warrant issued for his arrest, Abbasi is “accused of commission of the offence of corruption and corrupt practices under Section 9(a) of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO), 1999.”

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