Ex-Pakistani leader’s bail extended in money laundering case

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court has extended temporary bail for former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister in a multimillion-dollar money laundering case amid increasing political turmoil.

Zardari, currently a member of the lower house of Parliament, and his sister Faryal Talpur, who is also a politician, are accused of having dozens of bogus bank accounts. Their bail was extended until Jan. 7.

Friday’s development comes a day after the ruling Tehreek-e-Insaf party submitted a petition to Pakistan’s elections oversight body seeking Zardari’s disqualification from office for concealing his foreign property from tax authorities.

Zardari has denied any wrongdoing.

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Zardari’s opposition Pakistan People’s Party has also said it will seek disqualification of Prime Minister Imran Khan for concealing his assets.

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