Zardari shifted to PIMS hospital for treatment, checkup

RAWALPINDI: Former president Asif Ali Zardari was brought to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) on Tuesday for treatment and lab tests after a medical board in Adiala jail recommended that the authorities do so.

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Last week, an accountability court in Islamabad had ordered jail authorities to act upon the advice of medical officers on Zardari’s plea for his shifting to a hospital. The former president is currently on judicial remand in the fake accounts case.

The PPP leader was brought to the hospital today from Adiala jail in an armoured vehicle.

Doctors at Pims examined the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and took samples for the labs. The former president has meanwhile been shifted to the cardiology department of the hospital.

Zardari is currently under arrest by NAB in fake accounts case. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairperson was taken under arrest for Park Lane default case on July 1. He took back his bail application in the Park Lane case on June 26.

It has been alleged that Zardari bought 2,460 Kanal land in Islamabad through the Park Lane company. The property, which is worth Rs2 billion, was allegedly bought by the former president in Rs620 million, according to NAB sources.

Sources added that PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is also a suspect in Park Lane case.

In June, NAB handcuffed Zardari in the fake accounts case which pertains to the transactions worth hundreds of millions of rupees to the private companies, allegedly, through fake bank accounts.

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