From prison to presidency and now back again for Pakistani lawmaker

PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari arrives in the National Assembly after the arrest of his father Asif Ali Zardari. — DawnNewsTV screengrab

At least 300 policemen were been deployed for security objective outside NAB headquarters, while roads leading to accountability court will remain closed for all kind of traffic. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) spokesman Nawazish Ali confirmed that Zardari has been arrested, without giving details.

His arrest comes following the rejection of the petitions filed by him and his sister Faryal Talpur by a two-member bench comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Kiani of Islamabad High Court earlier today in fake bank accounts case. During proceedings, NAB requested the court for the physical remand of the former president.

Pakistan's accountability bureau has accused former president Asif Ali Zardari of plotting to "misappropriate and launder" money through his associates to whiten what the bureau terms his "ill-gotten" money through fake accounts in Summit Bank. His sister Faryal Talpur is a co-accused in the case.

The warrants for the former President were apparently issued on Sunday, while no warrants have been issued for Talpur as yet, Dawn newspaper reported.

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Meanwhile, Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmed Shah said the Islamabad High Court has rejected bail plea of former President Asif Ali Zardari and the government has nothing to do with it. Local media channels said NAB arrested Zardari over its investigation into fake bank accounts and money laundering. However, the anti-graft body did not arrest Zardari's sister and no explanation was given.

The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions and bribes.

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asifa Bhutto were present on the ocassion.

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