Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari arrested in fake bank accounts case

Asif Ali Zardari Zardari is accused of receiving payments to the tune of Rs 30 million from fake bank accounts.

Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari was arrested from his Islamabad residence on Monday in connection with a fake bank accounts case. The arrest came soon after the Islamabad High Court rejected his plea seeking protection from arrest. Zardari’s sister Faryal Talpur is a co-accused in the case.

Pakistani news website Dawn reported that a warrant for Zaradari’s arrest was issued on Sunday and no warrant has been issued for Talpur as yet. The arrest was made by National Accountability Bureau, the country’s anti-corruption watchdog.

The case pertains to a serious of suspicious transactions worth Rs 4.4 billion allegedly carried out through multiple fictitious bank accounts. Zardari is accused of receiving payments to the tune of Rs 30 million from the purported fake accounts.

His son and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has appealed to party supporters to remain peaceful.

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