Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari has been arrested in connection with a high-profile money laundering case, as the government steps up an anti-corruption campaign under current leader Imran Khan.
Mr Zardari, widower of the murdered former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was on Monday taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau after the high court in Islamabad rejected his application for a bail extension.
Prosecutors have accused Mr Zardari and his sister, lawmaker Faryal Talpur, of keeping money in fake accounts. Mr Zardari, co-chairman of the opposition Pakistan People’s party (PPP), was previously jailed on graft charges but ultimately acquitted. He has in the past denied the charges.
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