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Former Pakistani PM Abbasi arrested by anti-graft agency

Pakistan's anti-corruption agency arrested a former prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Thursday (July 18), a spokesman for the agency, the National Accountability Board (NAB), said.

No details on the reason for the arrest were given, but a copy of the arrest warrant shared by Abbasi’s Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) party, indicated that he was accused of “corruption and corrupt practices”.

Abbasi, who served for less than a year following the resignation of former premier Nawaz Sharif in 2017, was arrested while on his way to a news conference in the eastern city of Lahore.

Last year, the NAB ordered an inquiry into both Abbasi and Sharif over a liquefied natural gas terminal project. Sharif is serving a seven-year sentence after being convicted in a separate corruption case.

(Production: Sheree Sardar)

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