Former Pakistan President Zardari arrested | Daily News

Former Pakistan President Zardari arrested

Asif Ali Zardari, the former president of Pakistan, has been arrested in Islamabad over a money laundering case.

It came after a high court rejected extending pre-arrest bail for him and his sister. They are accused of hiding financial kickbacks in fake accounts.

Mr Zardari has previously spent time in jail on corruption charges, but was president from 2008 until 2013.

He was elected to office after the assassination of his wife, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Footage on Pakistani media shows members of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) entering his home after the Islamabad High Court's decision.

He was seen leaving the residence with his son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is the current chair of the opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP).

Supporters at the address chanted "long live Bhutto", in reference to the family's political dynasty, Reuters news agency reported.

Mr Zardari has long been considered one of the most controversial figures in Pakistani politics. He spent time in jail in the 1990s and 2000s, and was nicknamed "Mr 10%" for the commissions on government contracts he allegedly received.

 

 

(Sources: BBC News)


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