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Former Pakistani president Zardari arrested on corruption charges

  • Published at 06:41 pm June 10th, 2019
Asif Ali Zardari
Former Pakistani President and the co-chairperson of Pakistan People's Party Asif Ali Zardari arrives for his bail appeal at Islamabad High Court on June 10, 2019 AFP

The former president could not be reached for comment but he has denied any wrongdoing linked to those cases

Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was arrested on corruption charges on Monday, a Pakistani official said, in a blow to the opposition Pakistan People's Party.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) spokesman Nawazish Ali confirmed to Reuters that Zardari has been arrested, but did not provide details. Local media channels said NAB arrested Zardari over its investigation into fake bank accounts and money laundering.

The former president could not be reached for comment but he has denied any wrongdoing linked to those cases, and his PPP party say the cases are politically motivated.

Widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Zardari spent 11 years in jail on corruption and murder charges before becoming president in 2008. He was never convicted and denies any wrongdoing.