Published in Pakistan Today
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ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari, who is currently undergoing treatment at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday, seeking bail on medical grounds in two cases filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
His sister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Faryal Talpur also sought bail on humanitarian grounds.
The PPP co-chairman maintained that he is suffering from a heart condition and has had three stents placed in his body. He said that he also suffers from diabetes which means that he has to constantly monitor his blood sugar levels.
Zardari’s medical reports were also submitted along with the application to the IHC so that bail may be granted.
Talpur also sought bail, maintaining that she is the mother of a differently-abled child. In order to care for her child, she asked the court to grant bail until the completion of the trail.
Zardari was arrested by NAB after the cancellation of his pre-arrest bail by the IHC in the fake bank accounts case on June 10.
Zardari, Talpur and other accused face charges of corruption through fake bank accounts and embezzlement in the financial facility for Park Lane Private Limited and Parthenon (Pvt) Limited. NAB alleged that the national exchequer suffered a loss of Rs3.77 billion because of the irregularities.
Zardari was shifted to PIMS in October after the medical board stated that he was suffering from a cardiac problem, diabetes and other ailments, and needed medical care.
DON’T TRUST PAKISTANI DOCTORS: BILAWAL
Days after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was allowed to travel abroad for medical treatment on a bail plea, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Monday announced that the party will submit a bail petition for the former president on medical grounds.
Addressing reporters after meeting his ailing father at PIMS, Bilawal announced that the party will file a bail plea on Tuesday (today), saying he does not trust Pakistani doctors.
Bilawal said that the PPP will not retreat from its political point of view, adding that Zardari had agreed to the filing of the bail petition after being persuaded by his two daughters — Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari and Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari for over an hour.