Ex-Pakistan President Zardari arrested by NAB

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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. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) spokesman Nawazish Ali confirmed that Zardari has been arrested, without giving details.

In a letter, the former president, who was arrested yesterday in the fake accounts case, requested that he is facing various health problems and needs as attendant to be present with him round the clock.

The widower of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was held after a bail extension was rejected in a case alleging millions of pounds have been spirited out of the country. But he was never convicted of the charges and denies any wrongdoing.

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The two attended the court hearing but were not arrested at the scene.

Pakistani authorities past year discovered several accounts, registered in the names of poor people, that had been flooded with cash, then suddenly emptied.

"The federal investigation agency came out with substantial evidence to suggest that Zardari and his party were indeed involved with [wrongdoing]", added Hyder.

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During Zardari's departure, PPP supporters chanted "Long live Bhutto", in reference to one of South Asia's most famed political dynasties that has ruled Pakistan on several occasions over the past five decades.

The anti-graft body has arrested several politicians and businessmen on corruption charges since Khan took office a year ago after winning a narrow majority in parliamentary elections. Khan's predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, was removed from office by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations.

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