Former Pak President Asif Ali Zardari arrested
Ismlamabad, June 10: Former Pakistan president and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has reportedly been arrested.
The arrest was made by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials in connection with the fake bank accounts case. Zardari had earlier sought an extension in interim bail in connection with the case, but Islamabad High Court rejected it, Pakistan media reported.
NAB officials made the arrest from Zardari House in Islamabad today. The case pertains to illegal transactions of millions of rupees to private companies allegedly through fake bank accounts.
Zardari served as the 11th President of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013.
Zardari, the husband of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, Zardari spent 11 years in jail on corruption and murder charges before becoming president in 2008.
Zardari's close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe. Omni Group chairman Majeed and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by Federal Investigating agency in August.
According to news agency PTI, over 20 'benami' accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made. The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.