Former Pak President Asif Ali Zardari Arrested By Anti-Corruption Agency

PPP MNA Shazia Marri lashes out on National Assembly floor against NAB for

PPP MNA Shazia Marri lashes out on National Assembly floor against NAB for"harassing Zardari. — DawnNewsTV screengrab

The former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari has been arrested after his bail application was rejected in connection with a high-profile money-laundering case in which millions were allegedly siphoned out of the country. There, the medical checkup of Asif Zardari will be done. They include Mr. Zardari's sister Faryal Talpur and some close associates.

"The government has no role in (the arrest)", interior minister Ejaz Shah told parliament, saying it was a court decision.

Earlier in the day, his plea for bail extension was rejected by the Islamabad High Court.

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Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed, while addressing a National Assembly session hours after PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari's arrest by the anti-graft authority has said all those who have looted the national exchequer should be punished at any cost, Ary News reported on Monday.

The cases against Zardari are part of the investigations being conducted by NAB in pursuance of the Supreme Court's verdict in the money laundering of billions through fake accounts case.

Pakistani authorities past year discovered several accounts, registered in the names of poor people, that had been flooded with cash, then suddenly emptied.

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Zardari, the husband of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, served as president from 2008 until 2013 and has always been the subject of corruption allegations.

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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