ISLAMABAD: A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) — comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Aamer Farooq – will hear today (Wednesday) a petition of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, who has sought bail on medical grounds.
The previous president, who was arrested in June this yr for his alleged position in a multi-billion rupees cash laundering case, moved the courtroom on Tuesday over a month after the previous premier Nawaz Sharif was given comparable reduction. The federal government later additionally permitted Nawaz to fly overseas for therapy.
At present beneath therapy on the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital in Islamabad, Zardari has moved the petition by his lawyer Farooq H Naek and nominated the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Islamabad Accountability Court-II as respondents.
The petition says Zardari has been affected by a number of ailments — like diabetes, cervical lumbar and spondylosis, sensory and motor neuropathy with impaired proprioception.
Based on the petition, Zardari has a Holter monitor connected to his chest, enabling docs to examine and word variations in his heartbeat and blockages in his arteries. It additionally notes that Zardari is a affected person of ischemic coronary heart illness, which suggests his coronary heart could have an insufficient provide of blood and oxygen.
The petition additionally states that Zardari suffers from arthritis with a low platelet depend, and all these diseases can’t be handled inside the premises of the jail. “The petitioners’ situation makes it evident that his continued incarceration would show detrimental to his life.”
It says the previous president requires across the clock consideration and together with his deteriorating well being, his life could also be in danger. The petition states that Zardari has been in jail since October 22, 2019, and has not proven any indicators of enchancment.
“The petitioner has spent his whole life within the service of the individuals of Pakistan and has struggled a lot for Pakistan that he has misplaced his well being within the course of.”
The petition, whereas claiming that the previous president is being victimized as a result of political causes and has been wrongly implicated in false and fabricated circumstances, requests the courtroom to grant him post-arrest bail on medical grounds in Park Lane reference which is linked with the cash laundering case.
Zardari’s sister, Faryal Talpur, who can also be beneath custody in reference to the identical case, has additionally sought bail although on foundation of a distinct floor.
She claims that she had been arrested by NAB on June 14 however the accountability watchdog has not been capable of show something towards her throughout its 5 months investigation, including that she couldn’t be left on the mercy of jail officers.
Earlier, an accountability courtroom rejected Zardari’s petition to switch him to Karachi for medical therapy. Throughout the listening to, Zardari’s lawyer Sardar Latif Khosa requested the courtroom to shift the case to Karachi for higher medical therapy, including that Zardari’s whole medical historical past is in Karachi.