Former PM of Pakistan Is Arrested for Corruption Charges

Former Pakistani PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been arrested on corruption charges, based on an official from his Pakistan Muslim League party.

Abbasi was taken to police custody after his car was stopped on entry to the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, PML-N Secretary-General Ahsan Iqbal stated, with officials 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 party assembly and press conference,” mentioned Iqbal, who was within the car when Abbasi was arrested.

“They blocked us on the way, and there was a huge contingent of police and paramilitary there.”

Iqbal mentioned his party would file the mandatory legal appeals and bail applications to challenge the arrest.

In June, the National Accountability Bureau officials arrested former President Asif Ali Zardari, the chief of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), on charges of taking bribes through a network of fake bank accounts.

Last week, Khan’s cabinet directed the nation’s media regulator to ban coverage of opposition politicians blamed of corruption, after an explosive press conference by Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz.

Maryam shared a video that she claimed confirmed the anti-corruption judge who condemned her father, confessing to being “blackmailed” into the verdict.

The judge has rejected the authenticity of the video and was omitted from his post shortly after.