A Pakistani court docket on Monday formally charged the nation’s former President Asif Ali Zardari in two corruption instances, escalating the authorized challenges going through the now main opposition lawmaker and widower of assassinated former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
The improvement got here as Mr. Zardari’s celebration and a key anti-government ally had been making ready for an enormous rally in opposition to Prime Minister Imran Khan later this month. Mr. Zardari was launched on bail on medical grounds final December, six months after his arrest.
During Monday’s court docket look within the capital, Islamabad, Mr. Zardari pleaded not responsible to cash laundering and corruption charges. He later instructed reporters he was not shocked by the indictment and that charges are one thing he routinely faces every time he’s within the opposition.
A member of Parliament, Mr. Zardari is accused of getting dozens of bogus financial institution accounts, a cost he denies, saying he has been politically victimised.