Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was arrested on corruption charges on Monday, a Pakistani official said, in a blow to the opposition Pakistan People's Party. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) spokesman Nawazish Ali confirmed that Zardari has been arrested, but did not provide details. Local media channels said NAB arrested Zardari over its investigation into fake bank accounts and money laundering.
But Pakistanis were divided over the arrest, while some came up in support of Zardari and made #WeStandWithZardari trend on Twitter, while others used the same hashtag to criticize former President and his supporters.
The smiling face of Asif Ali Zardari and the spark in @AseefaBZ eyes tells the story that they are fearless they will not bow down infront of those who have destroyed Pakistan since 1971 #WeStandWithAsifAliZardari pic.twitter.com/4YsI4AnJS9— Parvez Shah (@ParvezShah_) June 10, 2019
The former president could not be reached for comment but he has denied any wrongdoing linked to those cases, and his PPP party say the cases are politically motivated.