ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari – who is currently under treatment at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital in Islamabad – on Tuesday filed a bail petition on medical grounds.
The former president filed a writ petition under Article 199 of the Constitution, pending before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and accountability court-II.
Zardari, who filed for bail, is a chronic patient suffering from multiple ailments. He is a heart patient, having three stents in his heart.
According to the petition, Zardari has a Holter monitor attached to his chest, enabling doctors to check and note variations in his heartbeat and blockages in his arteries.
It also noted that Zardari is a patient of ischemic heart disease, which means his heart may have an inadequate supply of blood and oxygen.
“The petitioner has spent his entire life in the service of the people of Pakistan and has struggled so much for Pakistan that he has lost his health in the process,” the petition read.
The petition also stated that Zardari suffers from arthritis with a low platelet count, and all these illnesses cannot be treated within the premises of the jail.
“The petitioners’ condition makes it evident that his continued incarceration would prove detrimental to his life.”
It stated multiple times that the former president requires around the clock attention and with his deteriorating health, his life may be at risk.
The petition further stated that Zardari has been in jail since October 22, 2019, and has not shown any signs of improvement.
Earlier, an accountability court rejected Zardari’s petition to transfer him to Karachi for medical treatment.
During the hearing, Zardari’s lawyer Sardar Latif Khosa requested the court to shift the former president to Karachi for better medical treatment, adding that Zardari’s entire medical history is in Karachi.