Former Pakistani PM Abbasi arrested by anti-graft agency Jul 19, 2019 0 1340 12345 ReutersLAHOREPakistan’s anti-corruption agency arrested former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday, prompting opposition accusations that the government was trying to silence criticism.The National Accountability Bureau said in a statement that Abbasi had been detained in a case that was opened last year over a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal project.The arrest, as Abbasi was on his way to a news conference in the eastern city of Lahore, further roiled a political scene already thick with accusations of corruption and abuse of office with opposition parties planning a day of protest next week.“The government has buried Pakistan’s economy and (is) now arresting our leaders to divert the masses’ attention from the real issues,” Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistani opposition leader and head of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), told a press briefing in Lahore.“I believe today is yet another black day in Pakistan’s history,” Ahsan Iqbal, a senior parliamentarian from Abbasi’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, told reporters. Iqbal accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of trying to suppress opposition.“We are not afraid of your fascist acts. Don’t think that you will gag our voices through such arrests,” he said. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, head of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the other main opposition force, condemned Abbasi’s arrest as what he called part of a government “witchhunt” against elected representatives.The PML-N was already engaged in a bitter stand-off with Khan’s government, which came to power last year accusing Abbasi and his predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, of large-scale corruption and mismanagement of the economy. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES ‘Appalling’ arson attack on Japanese animation studio kills at least 33 Jul 19, 2019 0 1705 Breach worsens B’desh floods; death toll nears 100 in India Jul 19, 2019 0 1289 Twelve killed, scores hurt in Afghanistan Taliban car bombing Jul 19, 2019 0 224 War on numbers: Philippines govt targets drug killing data Reuters MANILA Facing a UN human rights investigation into its bloody war on drugs, the Philippines presented a new death toll on Thursday to counter much higher numbers given by critics. But rights groups accused the .. India demands Pakistan release Jadhav after world court ruling AFP New Delhi India on Thursday demanded that Pakistan release an alleged spy after the International Court of Justice called for a review of a death sentence against him. The arch-rivals each declared victory after the .. US sanctions on Myanmar military leaders inadequate: UN investigator Reuters DHAKA Sanctions imposed this week by the United States on Myanmar’s military leaders over human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims do not go far enough, UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee said on Thursday. .. Sri Lanka detectives arrest top police watchdog official Colombo: Sri Lankan detectives Thursday arrested the chief executive at the police watchdog over his alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar gun-running racket and sought international help to trace four other .. Malnutrition, disease kill 139 displaced in Indonesia’s Papua: Group Reuters JAKARTA Thousands of people in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have been displaced by fighting between soldiers and separatists, and at least 139 of them have died from malnutrition and disease, an .. 2 Thai monks arrested for burning another monk to death Bangkok: Two Thai Buddhist monks have been arrested and charged with murder and arson for burning another monk to death, police told dpa on Thursday. The murder of monks by fellow clergymen is rare in Thailand, where ..