High-Profile Opposition Leaders Indicted By Pakistan Government
Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur and Shehbaz Sharif have been indicted by the central government on corruption charges
A fresh political drama is unfolding in Pakistan as the Imran Khan government is running a major crackdown against prominent opposition leaders of the country. Legal actions ranging from arrest to indictment are being used against rival politicians including former President Asif Ali Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and Shehbaz Sharif, current Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan.
The husband of assassinated former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Zardari has been booked for money laundering. His supporters have called this a part of a larger conspiracy by the centre against its opponents. He was previously arrested in June 2019 in a separate funds embezzlement case, for which was released in December 2019 on medical grounds.
Zardari’s son and Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condemned the federal government’s interference in the Gilgit-Baltistan elections. He also said that the opposition is being victimized during a global pandemic, adding that his father and aunt have been facing the courts for more than two years now.
Shehbaz Sharif, brother of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also arrested as a part of the Imran Khan government’s anti-corruption drive. His sister-in-law Maryam Sharif tweeted in his support and applauded him for standing by his brother.
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