Islamabad: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khakon Abbasi was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday for the matter involving the contract for import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) imports. According to the report of Dawn News, Abbasi was going for a press conference with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal and spokesman Mary Aurangzeb, and at the same time, he was arrested on the way to Niyaz Beg. Abbasi is the senior vice president of PML-N.
Abbasi opposed the first arrest but in the end he had to believe. He was taken to NAB's Lahore office after medical checkup. PML-N leader Mariam Nawaz has shared the warrant of Abbasi's arrest, which is on July 16. According to the arrest warrant, Abbasi has been accused of corruption work under Section 9 (A) of the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) -1999.
NAB chairman retired judge Javed Iqbal directed the arrest of the former prime minister under Section 18 (E) and 24 (A) of the NAO. Abbasi will be presented before the court seeking the custody of the accused for the necessary period to complete the investigation. Don News told the sources that they will be presented tomorrow (Friday) due to the shortage of time (on Thursday) in the court.
Accountability Bureau Judge Chaudhary Aamir Khan will be hearing the demand for transit demand of NBA Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, Shahbaz Sharif has condemned Abbasi's arrest on Twitter. They said, "We strongly oppose the arrest of Shahid Khakan Abbasi. NAB has become a puppet of Imran Khan.
Our excitement can not be broken by these trivial movements. "During talks with Dawn News TV, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal opposed the arrest and said that the government is being arrested for silence those who questioned him." Our question is, is this country No citizen has the right to serve the country. "
They said, "If we (service), we will be prosecuted." According to the report, NAB had summoned the former prime minister on LNG case on Thursday but did not appear before the bureau. According to the team investigating the matter, the former Prime Minister answered only 20 questions out of 75 questions asked to him.
He told that despite the time given, Abbasi continued to demand more time to answer. NAB said in a notice to Abbasi, "You are requested that you appear before Malik Zubair Ahmed, Deputy Director of Investigation Officer at NAB, Islamabad at 10 am on July 18, 2019.
You will be questioned about the LNG terminal and your statement will be recorded due to being Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas. "In the notice, the agency further said," You are told that in the event of failure of this notice, you may have to pay a penal act according to the rules given in the Schedule 2 of the National Accountability Arbitration Schedule of 1999. "
In this case before this, in April, the government had banned the visit of Abbasi, former finance minister Miffa Ismail and five others. According to a notification issued earlier, the total amount involved in the case is 36.969 billion rupees. In this case, the role of Abbasi is being investigated in the alleged disturbance in the matter of giving contract for LNG imports.