Court dismisses plea seeking Zardari’s transfer to Karachi for medical treatment

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking permission to shift former president Asif Ali Zardari to Karachi for medical treatment.

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Zardari’s counsel Farooq H Naik had filed an application seeking better facilities for Faryal Talpur — a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and Zardari’s sister.

During today’s proceedings, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor told the court the PPP leader was moved to the hospital on the recommendation of a medical board the government had set up to administer his health.

The NAB prosecutor opposed the plea, saying that B-class facilities were being withdrawn from all the inmates under an ordinance.

Furnishing a copy of the ordinance, he said that all the prisoners were being given C-class facility in prisons now.

Naik argued that the ordinance has now become a bill, accusing the NAB prosecutor of misrepresenting the facts.

Talpur was already availing B-class facility contrary to the NAB prosecutor’s claim that every inmate was getting C-class facilities, he said.

The court also extended Zardari and Talpur’s judicial remand till November 26.

Moreover, the court allowed Talpur to meet Zardari at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) after she sought permission through an application.

Zardari was arrested in June after his bail application was rejected in connection to the fake bank accounts case.

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