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Former Pakistani president Zardari arrested on corruption charges

Former Pakistani president Zardari arrested on corruption charges

Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari was arrested from his Islamabad residence on Monday in connection with a fake bank accounts case.

However, his sister Faryal was so far not arrested.

A team comprising senior officials of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reached the Parliament House to apprise the NA Speaker Asad Qaiser regarding arrest warrants of former president. He was Pakistan President from 2008 to 2013.

Zardari, now a lawmaker in the lower house of Parliament, and his sister, also a politician, have been accused of having dozens of bogus bank accounts. A Pakistani court has rejected a request by Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, for an extension of their bail that would allow them to remain free despite facing a multimillion-dollar money laundering case.

Subsequently, the court had allowed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to arrest both PPP leaders.

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NAB is conducting investigations in pursuance of the Supreme Court's verdict in the money laundering of billions through fake accounts case wherein it forwarded the joint investigation team (JIT) report with directions to investigate and file references.

Last year, Pakistani authorities discovered several accounts in the name of poor people that had been flooded with cash before being suddenly emptied.

Zardari, the husband of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, served as president from 2008 until 2013 and has always been the subject of corruption allegations.

A former businessman and a polo-playing playboy in his younger days, Zardari swept to power in 2008 following a wave of sympathy following the murder of his wife, Benazir, a two-time premier, in a suicide attack.