KARACHI: Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has reached Karachi from Rawalpindi for medical treatment.
Zardari arrived on a special airplane designated specifically for Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.
The PPP leader was discharged from Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad on Thursday after being granted bail by the Islamabad High Court on medical grounds.
He was shifted to Zardari House on Thursday evening where he spent the night. The former president was accompanied by his son Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, daughter Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari and senior PPP leaders.
The former president will be admitted to Ziauddin hospital in Clifton where a six-member medical team will look after his treatment.
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.
Zardari was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau 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.