Shehbaz slams NAB over arrest of ‘cooperating’ Zardari

Erika Holt
June 11, 2019

Local media reports said NAB arrested Zardari over its investigation into fake bank accounts and money laundering.

Monday's development came hours after a court in Islamabad rejected a request by Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur for an extension of their bail that would have allow them to remain free pending trial in the case.

The NAB team did not arrest Faryal Talpur though.

"Asif Ali Zardari cooperated with the NAB [National Accountability Bureau] and did not use any delaying tactic", Shehbaz said in his address in the National Assembly.

Former Pakistani president and now a lawmaker in Parliament and leader of Pakistan People's party, Asif Ali Zardari, center, leaves the High Court building, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 10, 2019.

Mr Zardari is now a lawmaker in parliament.

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The PML-N president demanded Asad Qaiser to issue the production order for Zardari.

Zardari appeared in court today alongside his sister Faryal Talpur, a member of his Pakistan People's Party whose appeal was also rejected.

Subsequently, the court had allowed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to arrest both PPP leaders.

Zardari has repeatedly dismissed allegations he had a hand in the scheme.

Zardari, the husband of assassinated ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, served as president from 2008 until 2013.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is also now behind bars, after being sentenced to seven years in prison late last year on corruption charges.

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