New Delhi: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday granted bail to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Asif Ali Zardari in a money laundering case on medical grounds, stated a report.
A two-member bench headed by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah conducted a hearing in the matter. Citing two corruption cases, the court ordered Zardari to submit surety bonds worth Rs 10 million, added the report.
Notably, in the bail plea submitted last week, Zardari claimed that he was suffering from diabetes and a heart condition. After Zardari’s health condition deteriorated, the imprisoned Pakistan minister was transferred from Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad last month, stated a report.
Reacting to the news of bail approval, PPP Chairman took to his official Twitter handle and said, “Thank you to everyone for their prayers, @AAliZardari has been granted bail by the Islamabad High Court. The medical report presented today was extremely concerning and we hope to seek medical care in Karachi as soon as possible.”
On July 1 this year, Pakistan’s anti-corruption body had arrested the jailed former president Asif Ali Zardari in a corruption case. Zardari, the husband of Pakistan’s first woman prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was then arrested in a Park Lane case related to the alleged properties in London. Meanwhile, he was already under National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s custody in a multi-million dollar money laundering case along with his sister. According to the NAB, the duo had transacted a sum of Rs 150 million through alleged fake bank accounts.
(With agency inputs)