ISLAMABAD – Federal Interior Minister Brig (r) Ijaz Shah said Thursday the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government has nothing to do with the arrests being carried out by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Commenting on former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s arrest, the minister said that “NAB is an independent institution,” adding that the government has nothing to do with the arrests being carried out by NAB.

Addressing a press conference, he said that the NAB chairman was nominated by the PML-N and PPP.

“Imran Khan had no role in his appointment,” he said, adding that they (the ‘corrupt’ politicians) should suffer for what they did.

The interior minister further said that the PTI members are also facing court proceedings.

“Nobody has played on front foot like Imran Khan is playing as the prime minister,” he said and added that the credit for the change in national policy goes to him.

NAB arrests ex-PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi from Lahore

The NAB on Thursday arrested former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi near Thokar Niaz Baig toll plaza in Lahore.

A joint action was taken against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader by the NAB Rawalpindi and the NAB Lahore. He was accompanied by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif at the time of arrest.

Both leaders were on their way to hold a presser in Lahore.

The NAB will request the accountability court to issue transit remand for Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The accountability bureau had served him four notices to appear before it.

But, earlier today, Abbasi skipped the NAB Rawalpindi appearance in a case pertaining to the LNG scandal.

Seeking three-day time from the NAB Rawalpindi for appearance, the former premier had written a letter to the anti-corruption watchdog saying it was not possible for him to appear before the bureau on a short notice.

NAB writes letters regarding seizure of Shahbaz Sharif’s properties

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was summoned by the National Accountability Bureau on Thursday (today) in case pertaining to the LNG scandal as the NAB has launched formal investigations against him.

According to the NAB notice, “Shahid Khaqan Abbasi possesses vital information regarding the LNG scandal. The national exchequer suffered loss worth billions of rupees owing to illegal contracts.”

The PML-N leader earlier appeared thrice before of the NAB during the inquiry.