Former President and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari was arrested on Monday at his residence in Islamabad by a team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for his alleged involvement in a fake bank accounts scam.
Earlier in the day, his plea for bail extension was rejected by the Islamabad High Court. According to sources, the legal team of Mr. Zardari, who is also a Member of the National Assembly (MNA), will appeal against this order in the Supreme Court.
Several people are named as accused in the fake bank accounts case. They include Mr. Zardari’s sister Faryal Talpur and some close associates.
The case came to the fore in 2015 following an investigation by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The FIA said fake accounts were used to park ill-gotten wealth, which was later sent out of the country through money laundering.
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