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)