Former Pak President Asif Ali Zardari arrested

Larry Hoffman
June 11, 2019

Local media channels said NAB arrested Zardari over its investigation into fake bank accounts and money laundering.

Issuing its orders, the high court permitted law enforcement authorities to arrest Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) seek the court's permission to arrest Asif Zardari.

Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has been arrested after his bail application was rejected in connection with a high-profile money laundering case that saw vast sums of money allegedly siphoned out of the country.

Following the refusal of his pre-arrest bail, a team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) accompanied by police personnel had reached the residence of PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in order to arrest him.

Pakistan's supreme court established a commission in September to investigate the claims, finding that at least US$400m (£316m) had passed through "thousands of false accounts".

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.

In recent weeks, the party had accused Prime Minister Imran Khan's government of intentionally targeting political opponents.

Sources said Asif Ali Zardari wanted to be taken into custody from the Parliament House.

Khan, a longtime foe of Zardari, was elected prime minister a year ago after running a heated campaign vowing to crackdown on corruption.

Mr. Zardari has said on several occasions that he is not afraid of going to jail, that it is like his second home.

Imran Khan was elected a year ago vowing to root out the corruption that has dogged the country and saying he would track down vast sums stolen by the country's political elite.

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