Zardari must not be discharged before Sat, doctors say


–PPP’s Sindh minister says former president needs urgent treatment for spinal cord pain

A four-member medical board formed to examine former president Asif Ali Zardari has recommended keeping the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman in the hospital for another two days.

A four-member medical board headed by Professor Shajee Siddiqui examined the PPP leader at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and advised against discharging him from the medical facility.

Zardari would receive further medical treatment for two days until Saturday.

According to sources, the sugar level of Asif Ali Zardari could not be restored to normal, whereas the neck and backaches persist as well.

Yesterday, the medical board advised Zardari to refrain from standing for a long time, in addition to using a soft pillow for his neck ache.

Doctors further instructed the co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party to reduce the use of salt and oily food. The medical board allowed the former president to eat fish and chicken, in small quantity.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Sindh’s Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho on Friday said former president Asif Ali Zardari “desperately needs treatment for his spinal cord pain” as he has recently developed an ailment affecting his spinal cord.

“There are no experts that can perform spinal cord surgery on him in Pakistan. The pain in Zardari’s spinal cord is also worsening as he is transported in armoured personnel carriers on days of his court appearance,” claimed the health minister.

In June, Zardari was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the fake bank accounts case.

Earlier, Zardari had undergone medical tests at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS).

The PPP co-chairman was transferred to the PIMS Hospital on Tuesday in view of his “deteriorating health” following a recommendation by a medical board. He was shifted from an accountability court to the hospital amid tight security.