Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari arrested by NAB in fake accounts case

Asif Ali Zardari

Islamabad: Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was on Monday arrested by the country’s anti-corruption body in a fake bank accounts case. A 15-member team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials, accompanied by police personnel, arrested the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-Chairman from his residence in Islamabad, Geo News reported. All roads leading to Zardari’s residence were blocked by the police.

The arrest came hours after an Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench rejected a plea by Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur seeking an extension in their interim bail in the case related to transactions of hundreds of millions of rupees to the two leaders’ private companies allegedly through fake bank accounts. Issuing its orders, the High Court permitted the NAB authorities to carry out the arrest of Zardari and Faryal Talpur. Police personnel, including women officials, entered the former President’s house after the court decision. The warrants for the former President were apparently issued on Sunday, while no warrants have been issued for Talpur as yet, Dawn newspaper reported. According to Geo News, the NAB is expected to keep Zardari in the bureau’s lockup. Zardari and Talpur now have the option of appealing the IHC judgment in the apex court. (IANS)