KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday underwent a medical examination at the Ziauddin hospital in Clifton.
The former president traveled to Karachi from Islamabad via an official plane of the Sindh chief minister on Friday days after he was released on bail from Islamabad High Court (IHC) on medical grounds. The medical board at the hospital treated Zardari and advised him to undergo various tests for determining his current health position.
The PPP stalwart has been suffering from ischemic heart disease, which means his heart may have an inadequate supply of blood and oxygen. He also has severe pain in L5-S1 vertebra of the spinal cord.
According to sources close to Bilawal House, Zardari would likely stay at the hospital for a night on the advice of his doctors. He is currently undergoing several medical tests at the hospital.
On Wednesday, the IHC granted bail to Zardari in the Park Lane and fake accounts cases on medical grounds against surety bonds of Rs20 million. The former president was initially shifted to Zardari House in the federal capital.
Zardari was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on June 10 after the cancellation of his pre-arrest bail by the IHC in the fake bank accounts case, prompting a strong reaction from the opposition and sporadic protests by PPP workers in various parts of the country, mostly in Sindh province.
Bilawal had termed his father’s arrest an act of “political victimisation” by the PTI government, and declared it a negation of Article 10-A of the Constitution that guarantees the right of fair trial to every citizen.
The IHC bench had also cancelled the bail of Zardari’s sister Faryal Talpur, a co-accused in the case, and she was also arrested a few days later.
The case against Zardari and Talpur was originally registered with the Federal Investigation Agency and was filed before a banking court in Karachi. Later, NAB got the case transferred to its Rawalpindi directorate, a decision which was criticised by the PPP.