Pakistan's former president questioned in anti-graft probe

Former Pakistani president and leader of Pakistan People's party, Asif Ali Zardari, center, leaves the High Court building with his daughter Asifa Bhutto Zardari, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 10, 2019. A Pakistani court has rejected a request by Zardari and his sister for an extension of their bail that would allow them to remain free despite facing a multimillion-dollar money laundering case. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Former Pakistani president and currently a lawmaker in Parliament and leader of Pakistan People's party, Asif Ali Zardari, center, leaves the High Court building, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 10, 2019. A Pakistani court has rejected a request by Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, for an extension of their bail that would allow them to remain free despite facing a multimillion-dollar money laundering case. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Pakistan's opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in blue shirt center, sees off his father Asif Ali Zardari, former President of Pakistan with other family members, at his residence in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 10, 2019. Pakistan's anti-graft body on Monday arrested Zardari, widower of assassinated ex-Premier Benazir Bhutto, in a multi-million dollar money laundering case that has shaken the country. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Former Pakistani president and currently a lawmaker in Parliament and leader of Pakistan People's party, Asif Ali Zardari, center, leaves the High Court building, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 10, 2019. A Pakistani court has rejected a request by Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur, for an extension of their bail that would allow them to remain free despite facing a multimillion-dollar money laundering case. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani court handed over the country's former president to a national anti-graft body on Tuesday for questions regarding a multi-million dollar money laundering case.

Asif Ali Zardari will be held for ten days pending investigation on corruption charges.

The court order came a day after Zardari was arrested after the rejection of his and his sister's bail applications. However, authorities did not arrest Faryal Talpur; no explanation was given.

Both the former president, currently a member in the lower house of Parliament, and his sister had been accused by the National Accountability Bureau of holding dozens of bogus bank accounts.

They have denied any wrongdoing.

Zardari's opposition Pakistan People's Party claims the charges against him were politically motivated, which the government denies. Several prominent politicians and businessmen have been swept up on corruption charges since Prime Minister Imran Khan took office last year, after winning a narrow majority in parliamentary elections. Khan campaigned heavily on promises to root out graft among the country's elite.

Zardari, widower of assassinated ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was president for five years, until 2013.

Tuesday's court hearing was held amid tight security, as his party's supporters held small rallies across the country to condemn the arrest. Zardari will appear in court again on June 21, when the anti-graft body is expected to press or drop charges.

Also on Tuesday, the anti-graft body arrested Hamza Shahbaz, a politician who is the son of the opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif, after the rejection of his bail in a corruption case. He is also the nephew of the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently serving a jail term over corruption charges.

Sharif, who served as the country's premier three times, was ousted from office by the Supreme Court in 2017 because of the corruption charges against him. Sharif, along with other family members, has cases still pending against him.

Sharif and Zardari are longtime political rivals but their parties recently joined together, vowing to launch a protest campaign against Khan's government over increasing inflation and a spike in prices of essential food items.

Meanwhile, police in London on Tuesday arrested Altaf Hussain, the self-exiled leader of the ethnic-based Muttahida Qaumi party. Pakistan has sought his arrest since a televised speech in August 2016 condemning the country's politically influential army, state-run media reported.

It was not immediately clear why British authorities had detained Hussain. The London police said in a statement that the investigation was ongoing.

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