Pakistan arrests ex-President Zardari

Pakistan arrests ex-President Zardari

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

"Asif Ali Zardari cooperated with the NAB [National Accountability Bureau] and did not use any delaying tactic", Shehbaz said in his address in the National Assembly. But he was never convicted and denies any wrongdoing.

The move is seen as a blow to the opposition Pakistan People's Party.

Officials of NAB all set to produce Asif Ali Zardari before the accountability today in mega money laundering case.

Pakistani authorities a year ago discovered several accounts, registered in the names of poor people, that had been flooded with cash, then suddenly emptied.

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

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Mr Zardari and his sister allegedly made transactions of Rs 150 million through alleged fake bank accounts, officials told PTI.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and Talpur.

"So the NAB is moving very fast after the court announced that it would not renew the pre-arrest bail".

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.

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

In recent weeks, the party had accused Prime Minister Imran Khan's government of intentionally targeting political opponents. Khan's predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, was removed from office by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations.

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