Majority of Pakistanis is happy with the recent arrest of politicians.

  • Gilani Research Foundation Survey shows 41% of Pakistanis are happy on Asif Zardari’s arrest.
  • The nationwide demonstrations and an emergency consultative meeting of PPP held to protest Zardari’s arrest.
  • Zardari’s political career has been overshadowed due to corruption and this is why he has spent several years in custody.

According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup and Gilani Pakistan, 41% of Pakistanis claim that they are happy about the PPP leader.

Asif Ali Zardari’s recent arrest whereas, 31% say they are unaffected. It was decided that nationwide demonstrations will be held to protest Zardari’s arrest. An emergency consultative meeting of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) will also be held to discuss his legal options.

And then a nationwide demonstrative sample of men and women from across the four provinces were asked,

“Recently, the leader of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Asif Ali Zardari was arrested for money laundering out of the country through fake accounts. How did you feel about his arrest?”

In response, 41% said that they are happy, 31% said they are unaffected, 22% said they are upset while 2% said they had not heard about it. 4% did not wish to respond.

Asif Ali Zardari, the former president of Pakistan has been arrested in Islamabad over a money laundering case. This decision came after a high court rejected extending pre-arrest bail for him. He was accused of hiding financial kickbacks in fake accounts.

Fake bank accounts were used to funnel billions of rupees. Dozens of companies and hundreds of people have been implicated in the scandal.

Mr. Zardari has been considered one of the most controversial figures in Pakistani politics. He spent time in jail in the 1990s and 2000s and was nicknamed ‘Mr. 10%’ for the commissions on government contracts he allegedly received. He has never been convicted and has denied wrongdoing.

Due to corruption, Zardari’s political career has been overshadowed and this is why he has spent several years in custody although he was never convicted.

However, he had denied any link with the fake accounts and said the allegation was part of a vilification campaign by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party to harm opposition leaders.

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