Former Pakistan premier arrested in graft case

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been arrested in a corruption scandal, related to the award of a multi-billion rupee liquefied natural gas (LNG) import contract, officials and local media reported on Thursday.

A NAB spokesperson said that the former prime minister, was detained for his alleged involvement in a corruption scandal, involving import of LNG from Qatar, when he was energy minister, under Sharif from 2013 to 2017.

Abbasi has denied the charges. He charged the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, of wrecking vengeance on opposition.

He is the second prime minister – after Nawaz Sharif- arrested on alleged corruption charges, during last one year.

Former President Asif Zardari is already in custody, for his alleged involvement in a money laundering case.

Over a dozen leaders, some of them from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its allies are also facing investigations in different cases of corruption and misuse of authority.

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