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Zardari arrest by NAB evokes mixed reactions across Pakistan

Devdiscourse News Desk
Updated: 10-06-2019 18:11 IST
Zardari arrest by NAB evokes mixed reactions across Pakistan

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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 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.

Widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Zardari spent 11 years in jail on corruption and murder charges before becoming president in 2008. He was never convicted and denies any wrongdoing.

COUNTRY : Pakistan