Former Pakistani president Zardari arrested on corruption charges

Saul Bowman
June 11, 2019

The case relates to transactions of hundreds of millions of rupees to the two leaders' private companies allegedly through fake bank accounts.

Earlier today, Islamabad High Court rejected the petitions filed by former President Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur seeking extension in bail in fake bank accounts case.

Zardari, now a lawmaker in Parliament, and his sister Faryal Talpur, also a politician, are accused of having dozens of bogus bank accounts.

Pakistan's former President Asif Ali Zardari was arrested by officials from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Islamabad.

Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad, said "Zardari has been a controversial figure" in Pakistani politics.

After his arrest on Monday, PPP supporters chanted "Long live Bhutto", in reference to one of South Asia's most famed political dynasties that has ruled Pakistan on several occasions over the past five decades. He was Pakistan President from 2008 to 2013. A two-member division bench comprising of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani and Justice Aamer Farooq took up the case. The country's anti-corruption watchdog, National Accountability Bureau, had issued arrest warrants against him on Monday.

Pakistani authorities previous year discovered several accounts, registered in the names of poor people, that had been flooded with cash, then suddenly emptied. But he has continued to serve as co-chairman of the opposition PPP.

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

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