Ex-Pakistan pres. arrested

ISLAMABAD, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested former President of Pakistan and Member Parliament, Asif Ali Zardari from his house in Islamabad over alleged corruption charges.

The arrest of the former President and co-chairman of opposition political party Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) occurred hours after the Islamabad High Court rejected an application seeking extension in the pre-arrest bails of Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in the fake accounts case.

The former president was shifted to the accountability body’s Rawalpindi office after his arrest.

A large presence of security personnel and senior officials were present at the former president’s Islamabad residence due to security concerns. The accountability body had also approached National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser to inform him of the PPP lawmaker’s arrest.

PPP Chairman and Zardari’s son, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari urged party workers to remain calm, saying, “The people have never accepted controversial court verdicts.” He said, “The PPP believes in the rule of law despite biased court decisions.” Meanwhile, Interior Minister of Pakistan Ijaz Ahmed Shah said the Islamabad High Court has rejected bail plea of former President and the government has nothing to do with it.

The case pertains to suspicious transactions worth billions of rupees allegedly carried out through a fictitious bank account. The cases are part of the investigations being conducted by NAB in pursuance of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the money laundering of billions through fake accounts case.

A Joint Investigating Team report identified 11,500 suspicious bank accounts and 924 account holders in the preliminary investigations.

Source: Kuwait News Agency