Former Pakistani PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Arrested

Shehbaz Sharif during the press conference

Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed claimed on Thursday that Managing Director (MD) of Inter State Gas Systems Mubin Saulat and former secretary of petroleum Abid Saeed have become approver in the LNG corruption case against former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

A National Accountability Bureau team intercepted Mr. Abbasi's vehicle at Thokar Niaz Baig in Lahore and arrested him.

Ismail also termed the arrest of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as unlawful, adding: "Pakistan has never seen a man as honest as Shahid Khaqan Abbasi".

The erstwhile prime minister requested the court to allow homemade diet food during his captivity.

He was shifted to NAB Rawalpindi after the arrest.

Whenever the accountability bureau had summoned, he had appeared before it, he said.

Fazl said so while holding a press conference in Peshawar. NAB also sought information from Abbasi for medicines to be used.

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Abbasi previously appeared before the body concerning the case on several occasions.

The investigations had revealed that Abbasi possessed information or evidence regarding the award of the contract to a private firm, "which relates to the commission of the said offence".

Mr Abbasi served as prime minister for less than a year after his predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, was ousted from power by corruption allegations.

In January, the NAB interrogated former finance minister Miftah Ismail in the same case.

"We can sacrifice our lives, but we will not deviate from the path of exposing this government for what it is", The Express Tribune quoted Iqbal, the country's former interior minister, as saying.

According to NAB documents, the contract for the LNG import and distribution was awarded to the Elengy Terminal, a subsidiary of Engro, in 2013 in violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules and relevant laws.

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