ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s anti-graft body Tuesday ordered the arrest of a key opposition leader on charges of owning resources greater than his known sources of income,” a spokesman said.
The arrest of Khawaja Asif, who served as foreign minister in the government of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, comes days after the resistance asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to resign till Jan. 31 or face protracted agitation from the capital Islamabad.
Pakistani opposition parties have been holding rallies throughout the country to pressure Khan to step over his alleged failure to enhance the nation’s economy.
In a concise announcement, Nawazish Ali, a spokesperson for the National Accountability Bureau, supported Asif’s arrest, saying that he had been taken into custody to get”resources beyond known sources of revenue.”
Asif has become critical of Khan and is now a senior leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League celebration of Sharif, who currently resides in London.
Sharif fell from grace following the nation’s judiciary ousted him from office over corruption allegations in 2017.