IHC grants bail to former president Asif Ali Zardari. A special Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench on Wednesday granted bail on medical grounds in the Park Lane to Pakistan Peoples Party co-chair Asif Ali Zardari and mega-money laundering corruption cases.
In order to secure his bail, the court ordered the former president to submit security bonds worth Rs10 million.
Last week, in the two cases brought against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the IHC accepted a bail plea filed by the former president requesting bail on medical grounds.
Zardari said in his bail statement that he had a heart condition and diabetes.
Zardari was arrested by NAB on June 10 after his pre-arrest bail had been canceled. Zardari was moved to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad from judicial custody at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi in October after his health had deteriorated.
At today’s hearing, Farooq Naek, lawyer for Zardari, introduced the medical reports of his client to the court. The hearing was headed by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Amir Farooq.
Also present were additional Attorney General Jahanzeb Bharwana and Deputy Attorney General Muzaffar Abbas on behalf of the NAB.
NAB prosecutors read Zardari’s medical reports to the courtroom in the direction of the IHC bench.
The former president is suffering from several illnesses, including a heart condition, according to the medical report, and is admitted to PIMS for the best treatment possible. The court was told that for seeking medical advice and assistance, Zardari had access to doctors of his choosing.
The report also admitted, however, that it was not necessary to provide medical care in prison to the former president. After hearing this, the court asked the NAB that Zardari should be held in detention any longer as references had already been lodged against him.
The prosecutors of the NAB told the court that it was possible to approve Zardari’s bail under certain conditions. After a few more inquiries, the court decided in the mega-money laundering and Park Lane cases to grant Zardari bail on medical grounds.
Bilawal accepts the judgment of the IHC
The decision was relieved by PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who is also Zardari’s son. News report on IHC grants bail to former president Asif Ali Zardari.
“We are grateful to the judges for their fair assessment of the situation in which the former president finds himself,” Bilawal said after the decision was announced to media personnel outside the courtroom in Islamabad.Bilawal Bhutto