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IHC grants post- arrest bail to Zardari on medical grounds

PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari was on Wednesday granted bail on medical grounds by the Islamabad High Court (IHC), in two cases filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Zardari, who is being probed by NAB over allegations of money laundering and corruption, had filed an application in the high court earlier this month to seek bail in two cases. A two-member bench comprising IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Aamir Farooq heard the application today. The former president was granted bail against two surety bonds of Rs10 million each. NAB s prosecutor general Jahanzaib Bharwana and deputy prosecutor general Sardar Muzafar Abbasi represented the anti-corruption watchdog, while Farooq H. Naek argued on behalf of the former president. During the hearing, NAB submitted Zardari s medical report prepared by a five-member medical board, which was constituted on IHC s orders to examine the former president. The bench told NAB s prosecutor to read the report aloud. According to the medical board, Zardari is suffering from type-2 diabetes and also faces heart ailments. It further revealed that the former president had three stents placed in him. The PPP leader was under detention on charges of money laundering and has been undergoing treatment at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) in Islamabad. He was arrested by NAB after the cancellation of his pre-arrest bail by the IHC in the fake bank accounts case on June 10. He was shifted to Pims in October after the medical board stated that he was suffering from cardiac problems, diabetes and other ailments, and needed medical care. In his petition, Zardari had maintained that he is suffering from a heart condition and diabetes, which means that he has to constantly monitor his blood sugar levels. More to follow.

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