Former Pakistani president Zardari arrested on corruption charges

Former Pakistani president Zardari arrested on corruption charges

Mr Zardari, the widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the anti-corruption body's spokesman, Nawazish Ali, said.

His arrest comes following the rejection of the petitions filed by him and his sister Faryal Talpur by a two-member bench comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Kiani of Islamabad High Court earlier today in fake bank accounts case.

It states that the high court issued a short judgement without listening to the arguments of Zardari's lawyer and dismissed the bail petition of the Pakistan Peoples Party leader.

Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad, said "Zardari has been a controversial figure" in Pakistani politics. The move came a day after PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari was arrested by the accountability watchdog from Islamabad.

The former president and Talpur have always denied any wrongdoing linked to those cases, which have been described by the PPP as politically motivated. Abbasi added that Zardari had been arrested and his remand was necessary for investigation.

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The court's decision paved the way for the National Accountability Bureau to arrest the two.

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.

Zardari has previously been jailed for eight years after being found guilty of corruption.

Khan's predecessor, Nawaz Sharif who was removed from office by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations, is now in prison in the eastern city of Lahore after being sentenced to seven years in a corruption case.

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