Abbasi’s arrest is revenge against PML-N: Shahbaz

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Amraiz Khan

Lahore

PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif who himself has been facing corruption cases has termed the arrest of former Prime Minister Khaqan Abbasi a worst revenge against PML(N).
He was addressing a press conference here on Thursday among other party leaders Ayaz Sadiq, Ahsan Iqbal and Marriyum Aurangzeb were also present on this occasion. “If there is accountability, where is it? “ said Shahbaz.
He claimed that Khaqan was arrested in a crude manner; when he asked for arrest warrants, the NAB officials just stared at each-others’ faces,” claimed Sharif. “NAB DG came himself and showed a WhatsApp message. When Khaqan asked for a warrant signed by the NAB chairman, then they got a photocopy.”
Former Chief Minister also rejected claims made in a news report published in The Mail,
And said that report was published on behest of Prime Minister Imran Khan only to defame him. It is worth mentioning here that in report Shahbaz was accused him embezzling money from funds provided by Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) for 2005 earthquake victims.
“In 2005, when the earthquake hit Pakistan’s northern areas, I was in exile in the UK,” he said. “This is such a disgusting allegation that I stole money from a fund for earthquake victims and gave it to my children.”
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruined the country’s economy in the past 10 months and the arrest was an attempt to distract the nation from the government’s performance.
He said that Abbasi had a “central role” in ensuring that power generated from LNG plants in Haveli Bahadur Shah, Bhikki and Balloki was supplied to Karachi. “Apart from serving the nation, is supporting Nawaz Sharif is the crime of Abbasi?”, he added.
The opposition leader lamented rupee devaluation that had led to an increase in prices of commodities accused the prime minister of “defaming the country all over the world”.
“I want to tell the NAB chairman that this is not the first time PML-N is going through this. Everyone knows what happened to us during the Musharraf era,” the PML-N president said.