Senate’s deputy chief wants Zardari to be shifted to hospital

ISLAMABAD: The Deputy Chairman of the Senate, Saleem Mandviwala, has expressed serious concern over the health condition of former president Asif Ali Zardari in prison and called upon the government to immediately shift him to a hospital.

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In a statement issued here, Mr Mandviwala said that doctors had advised shifting Mr Zardari to a hospital and providing him required health facilities.

The Senate deputy chairperson said, “the government should follow doctors’ advice. Every prisoner has the right to have the medical ­treatment facility. Former president Zardari’s medical tests be conducted and it is binding that he should be shifted to the hospital as doctors have advised.”

Meanwhile, Member of National Assembly Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto and Senator Rehman Malik has also urged the government to shift the former president to a hospital and provide him all medical facilities.

Mehreen said, “the government cannot pressurise workers of the PPP through such tactics. Medical facilities should be provided to the former president even in jail.”

Malik said the government will be responsible had anything happened to the former president and further accused the incumbent government of committing political revenge against the PPP leader.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader after cancellation of his pre-arrest bail by the Islamabad High Court in a fake bank accounts case. On Aug 16, the court sent the former president to Adiala jail on judicial remand.

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