IHC grants bail to Zardari on medical grounds.


ISLAMABAD -- The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday granted bail to former president and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on medical grounds in two separate graft cases that pertain to money laundering through fake bank accounts and Park Lane estate case. A two-member bench comprising IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Aamir Farooq granted the PPP leader bail against two surety bonds of Rs10 million each. As the high court resumed the hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) - represented by Prosecutor General Jehanzaib Bharwana and Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi - presented Zardari's medical report prepared by a five-member medical board at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to the bench.

The high court-mandated medical board in its report stated that the former president was suffering from type-2 diabetes - a chronic medical condition in which blood sugar levels build up abnormally - and also faces heart ailments. It further revealed that the former president had three stents placed in his heart. The report further said that it was not possible for the former president to receive proper treatment in jail. NAB's legal team told the court that the...

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