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Pakistan opposition leader held

From CNN Producer Syed Mohsin Naqvi

Supporters of Asif Ali Zardari resist their arrests at Islamabad airport.
Pervez Musharraf

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- With hundreds of supporters clashing with police in neighboring Rawalpindi, authorities Tuesday arrested Asif Ali Zardari, the husband of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

He was held as he arrived at Islamabad airport, a spokesman with the opposition Pakistan People's Party said.

Zardari's lawyer told CNN police presented the opposition leader with arrest warrants and took him into custody, but didn't say why Zardari was being arrested.

He was released last month on bail by the Supreme Court, ending eight years in custody on corruption and abuse of power charges.

Zardari, the leader of the Pakistan People's Party, had been imprisoned since November 1996, when then-President Farooq Leghari dissolved Bhutto's government.

In violent, tear gas-laced clashes with police, more than 500 Pakistan People's Party members have been arrested since Monday night, including at least a dozen members of parliament -- some sustaining injuries.

A party spokesman said the arrests are more widespread with more than 2,000 party members taken into custody in the last 24 hours.

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