PM Imran, NAB working together: Shehbaz Sharif

Published: July 18, 2019
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Shehbaz Sharif during the press conference.

Shehbaz Sharif during the press conference.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Thursday claimed that Primer Minister Imran Khan and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) are working together to take down the opposition.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif addressed the media following the arrest of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi by NAB over his alleged involvement in the liquified natural gas (LNG) contract case.

He stated that most people arrested by the anti-corruption watchdog are politicians belonging to the PML-N.

Shehbaz also said that Abbasi and his team – under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif – are responsible for curbing gas prices and load shedding in the country.

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He also added that this is the first time since 1972 that the country has experienced a “flight of capital” and alleged that Imran and NAB have inflicted fear into the businessmen of Pakistan.

The PML-N president questioned why anyone would want to invest in Pakistan when the prime minister himself claims that the country is full of thieves.

Referring to the Daily Mail report accusing him of embezzling millions of pounds from the aid provided for earthquake victims, he stated that the earthquake happened in 2005 and he assumed office of the chief minister in 2008.

Shehbaz added that he will accept any punishment if the accusations against him are proven to be true.

Earlier in the day, Abbasi was arrested and escorted to NAB’s local Lahore office.

Abbasi and others had been accused of illegally awarding LNG terminal contract for a period of 15 years to a company of their liking in violation of defined rules, ‘thus inflicting billions of rupees losses to the national exchequer’.

Authorities intercepted Abbasi’s vehicle at Lahore toll plaza when he was on his way to meet PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif.

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