Islamabad, Pakistan – Light Pakistani Top Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been arrested on corruption charges, in step with an reliable from his Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) celebration.
Abbasi become once taken into police custody after his car become once stopped on entry to the jap city of Lahore on Thursday, PML-N Secretary-General Ahsan Iqbal stated, with officers presenting a copy of a warrant of arrest signed by the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan‘s anti-corruption watchdog.
“We had been coming collectively to Lahore for a celebration meeting and press convention,” stated Iqbal, who become once within the auto when Abbasi become once arrested.
“They stopped us on the kind, and there become once a heavy contingent of police and [paramilitary] Rangers there.”
Iqbal stated his celebration would file the fundamental lovely appeals and bail purposes to topic the arrest.
Abbasi is the most modern high-profile member of the opposition PML-N celebration to be arrested in Top Minister Imran Khan’s “accountability” drive.
The peculiar chief is accused of inappropriate practices within the signing of Liquified Pure Gas (LNG) contracts at some level of his yr in office as top minister between 2017 and 2018.
He took office after PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, a three-time peculiar top minister, become once brushed off from office by the Supreme Court. He become once convicted and sentenced to 10 years in detention center on corruption charges a yr later.
Sharif’s brother, Shehbaz Sharif, the peculiar chief minister of Punjab province, become once additionally arrested in October on corruption charges, and pretty about a relatives had been held on the same charges.
Assorted celebration leaders, including Iqbal, had been charged with inappropriate practices within the so-called accountability drive. PML-N and pretty about a officers claim the advertising and marketing and marketing campaign become once being selectively utilized to political opponents.
In June, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officers arrested peculiar President Asif Ali Zardari, the chief of the opposition Pakistan Other folks’s Event (PPP), on charges of taking bribes by plot of a network of spurious financial institution accounts.
Final week, Khan’s cabinet directed the country’s media regulator to ban protection of opposition politicians accused of corruption, after an explosive press convention by Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz.
Nawaz shared a video that she claimed confirmed the anti-corruption resolve who convicted her father, confessing to being “blackmailed” into the decision.
The resolve has denied the authenticity of the video and become once suspended from his submit rapidly after.
Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera’s digital correspondent in Pakistan. He tweets @AsadHashim.