–Zardari seeks bail on medical grounds, says he has diabetes and heart condition
–Talpur seeks bail on humanitarian grounds, says she has to look after her differently-abled child
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leaders Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur on Tuesday approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking bail on medical and humanitarian grounds, respectively.
Zardari, who is currently undergoing treatment at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), requested the high court to allow him relief on the basis of his failing health.
The PPP co-chairman maintained that he was suffering from a heart condition and has had three stents placed in his heart and added he also suffered from diabetes. “I have to constantly monitor my blood sugar levels due to the disease,” he pleaded. Zardari’s medical reports were also submitted along with the application to the IHC so that bail may be granted.
Talpur also sought bail, maintaining that she is the mother of a differently-abled child. In order to care for her child, she asked the court to grant bail until the completion of the trail.
Zardari was arrested by NAB after the cancellation of his pre-arrest bail by the IHC in the fake bank accounts case on June 10, followed by the arrest of Talpur in the same case.
Zardari, Talpur and other accused face charges of corruption through fake bank accounts and embezzlement in the financial facility for Park Lane Private Limited and Parthenon (Pvt) Limited. NAB alleged that the national exchequer suffered a loss of Rs3.77 billion because of the irregularities.
The IHC was moved after the PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari hinted at it during a press talk in Islamabad following a party meeting.
“Zardari, who is under detention on charges of money laundering and presently undergoing treatment at a hospital, has agreed to file a bail petition on medical grounds at the insistence of his family members. His lawyers are expected to move the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday (today) for his bail,” he had said.
“(Former) president Zardari had stopped us from filing the bail petition which was a difficult situation for us, my sisters and the whole family. Now he has accepted Aseefa’s request and, Insha Allah, the PPP will apply for the bail on medical grounds after finalising it,” he had added.
He said the doctors at Pims must be competent, but he and his family did not have trust in them and they would feel satisfaction after getting a “second opinion”.