Islamabad High Court grants bail to Asif Zardari on medical grounds

Islamabad High Court grants bail to Asif Zardari on medical grounds

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday granted bail to former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari on medical grounds.

According to details, a two-member bench comprising IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Aamir Farooq heard the bail application.

During the hearing, Asif Ali Zardari’s counsel Farooq Naek submitted the medical reports of the former president to the court.

Additional Prosecutor General Jahanzeb Bharwana and Deputy Prosecutor General Muzaffar Abbas presented appeared before the court on behalf of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The NAB prosecutors read the medical report of the former president upon the directions of the bench.

The PPP supremo was granted bail against two surety bonds of Rs10 million each.

Last week, the IHC had admitted a bail petition filed by Asif Ali Zardari seeking bail on medical grounds in the fake accounts case initiated against him by the NAB.

The petition stated that former president has been suffering from multiple diseases — like diabetes, cervical lumbar and spondylosis, sensory and motor neuropathy with impaired proprioception.

The petition added that Zardari has a Holter monitor attached to his chest, enabling doctors to check and note variations in his heartbeat and blockages in his arteries.

The former president was arrested in June this year for his alleged role in a multi-billion rupees money laundering case. Currently, PPP co-chairman is under treatment at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital in Islamabad.