NAB arrests former president Asif Zardari in money laundering case

Former president Asif Ali Zardari has been arrested by NAB here on Monday.

Earlier a NAB team had arrived at the Zardari House to arrest former president Asif Ali Zardari after the Islamabad High Court had dismissed extension in his bail plea here.

The former president had decided to move to the Supreme Court.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto had appealed to the party worker to stay peaceful.

Earlier in the day, the Islamabad High Court had rejected an application seeking extension in the pre-arrest bails of PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in the fake accounts case.

A two-member bench that had earlier reserved its verdict on their application announced the verbal order. Both Zardari and his sibling had left the court building before the verdict was announced.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) can now act on its arrest warrants against Zardari which were apparently issued yesterday after receiving the written court order, which is expected to be issued soon. Talpur, however, cannot be arrested as her warrants have not been issued as yet.

The accountability watchdog has constituted two teams for the arrest of the former president. One team has been dispatched to Parliament House and another to Zardari House in Islamabad, officials said. It is pertinent to mention that according to National Assembly rules, no member can be arrested from within the precincts of the parliament without permission of the speaker. Zardari is an MNA. Zardari and Talpur have the option of appealing the IHC 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.

Meanwhile, the PPP has called a consultative meeting to discuss the future legal options of Zardari and Talpur.

According to sources, Zardari has called his legal team to the meeting to deliberate on whether to challenge the IHC judgement in the SC. The spokesperson for PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, a

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