Asif Ali Zardari: Former Pakistan president Zardari arrested

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The former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari has been arrested after his bail application was rejected in connection with a high-profile money-laundering case in which millions were allegedly siphoned out of the country.

"Asif Ali Zardari cooperated with the NAB [National Accountability Bureau] and did not use any delaying tactic", Shehbaz said in his address in the National Assembly.

"The government has no role in (the arrest)", interior minister Ejaz Shah told parliament, saying it was a court decision.

Zardari served as the 11th President of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013.

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The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and Talpur.

A spokesperson for PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, appealed to the party supporters across the country to remain peaceful.

During the previous hearing, the court had extended Zardari and his sister's pre-arrest bail till June 10.

Subsequently, the court had allowed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to arrest both PPP leaders.

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A former businessman and a polo-playing playboy in his younger days, Zardari swept to power in 2008 following a wave of sympathy following the murder of his wife, Benazir, a two-time premier, by Islamist militants in a suicide attack.

BBC correspondent Secunder Kermani says Mr Zardari has always been considered one of the most controversial figures in Pakistani politics.

Imran Khan was elected a year ago vowing to root out the corruption that has dogged the country and saying he would track down vast sums stolen by the country's political elite.

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