NAB arrests Asif Ali Zardari after IHC rejected bail application

ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials’ team reached Zardari House in Islamabad on Monday and arrested former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari hours after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected application seeking extension in the pre-arrest bails of former president and sister Faryal Talpur.

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Police personnel had entered the former president’s house after the court decision. All roads leading to the residence were blocked by police.

An IHC bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani rejected the plea by Zardari and Talpur seeking an extension in their interim bail in the fake bank accounts case.

IHC issued orders permitting the NAB team to arrest Zardari and Talpur.

The duo has the option of appealing the judgment in the Supreme Court. The case relates to a transaction of Rs150 million to the PPP leaders’ private company through alleged fake bank accounts.

The case references to transactions of hundreds of millions of rupees to the two leaders’ private companies allegedly through fake bank accounts.

Earlier, a team of NAB officials reached Parliament House to inform the National Assembly Speaker of Zardari’s arrest warrants.

NAB officials and police have gathered outside the Zardari House in the federal capital. NAB had constituted two teams for the arrest of the former president with one being dispatched at Zardari House and another at the Parliament House.

Zardari’s daughter Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari accompanied him to court today. Security measures around the court were tightened prior to the former president’s arrival. Both Zardari and Talpur had left the court building prior announcement of the verdict.

While the warrants for Zardari’s arrest were issued on Sunday, warrants for Talpur have not been issued yet.

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