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Zardari arrested by NAB in fake accounts case

IANS  |  Islamabad 

Former Ali was on Monday arrested by the country's anti-corruption body in a case.

A 15-member team of (NAB) officials, accompanied by police personnel, arrested the People's Party (PPP) co-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 High Court (IHC) bench rejected a plea by and his sister 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

Issuing its orders, the High Court permitted the NAB authorities to carry out the arrest of and Police personnel, including women officials, entered the former President's house after the court decision.

The warrants for the former 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.

The (FIA) is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and Talpur. Zardari's was arrested in July 2018 in connection with the probe.

The former President's other close aides, and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by the FIA in August 2018.

Over 20 "benami" accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, reports say.

The amount is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.

A for PPP Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, appealed to the party supporters across the country to remain peaceful.



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First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 18:38 IST