WASHINGTON - MAY 06: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari listens to US President Barack Obama speak after trilateral talks at the White House May 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. The talks centered on how the unstable governments in Afghanistan and Pakistan can work with the United States to crack down on the Taliban insurgency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari arrested

Former President and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari was arrested on Monday at his residence in Islamabad by a team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for his alleged involvement in a fake bank accounts scam.

Earlier in the day, his plea for bail extension was rejected by the Islamabad High Court. According to sources, the legal team of Mr. Zardari, who is also a Member of the National Assembly (MNA), will appeal against this order in the Supreme Court.

Several people are named as accused in the fake bank accounts case. They include Mr. Zardari’s sister Faryal Talpur and some close associates.

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