Pakistan president accused of stealing paintings

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Asif Ali Zardari
London, Aug 6: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari came under another controversy of stealing paintings of an internationally acclaimed artist, Laila Shahzada.

Shahzada"s daughter Shaheen accused Zardari for stealing 93 paintings from her flat in Karachi and she also asked the Metropolitan Police to question Zardari during his visit to Britain.

According to a petition lodged by Shaheen at Pakistan"s Supreme Court, Zardari and her brother Sohail, took the paintings to London and Florida, where the president has a home.

"My brother took the paintings from the Karachi flat with the help of Zardari in 1994. No one could have touched him at the time because they were in power, said Shaheen.

Shaheen"s brother, however, has insisted the paintings were left to him in their mother"s will, and that they are rightfully his.

Zardari has denied any wrongdoing.

However, Zardari claimed that he was simply looking after the paintings for Sohail Shahzada, but Shaheen is adamant that they should have been shared equally between the artist"s three children.

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