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In Pakistan, the anti-graft body yesterday filed a new case of corruption against former President Asif Ali Zardari for allegedly being involved in transfer of billions of rupees to a company through fake bank accounts.

The company is co-owned by him and his son Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. According to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Zardari, who is also the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman, had acquired Karachi-based real estate firm Park Lane Estate Company (Pvt) Ltd. illegally through a front man in 1989. In 2009, Zardari and Bilawal became shareholders of the company.

The 63-year-old husband of the country's first woman Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was arrested by NAB officials in the Park Lane case on July 1. He was already in NAB's custody since June 10 after the Islamabad High Court dismissed his pre-arrest bail petition in the fake accounts case.

The 11th President of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013 has denied any link with the fake accounts. He has said the allegation was part of a vilification campaign by Imran Khan-led ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party to malign the Opposition leaders.




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