An accountability court in Islamabad on Monday reserved its verdict on a petition filed by former president Asif Ali Zardari for his transfer from the jail to a hospital.
Zardari’s advocate Latif Khosa argued before the court that his client’s life was in danger and it was his Constitutional right to avail medical facilities in the jail.
“Zardari doesn’t want anything from this government, but his legal rights must be ensured, we hadn’t asked for an apology from even Zia-ul-Haq,” he said.
“Judicial relief is our right if Zardari suffers any kind of heart ailment, these people won’t transfer him to a hospital, it takes an hour-and-a-half to reach a hospital from the Adiala Jail,” he mentioned.
“A medial board had recommended shifting Zardari to PIMS for getting medical care and these people took him to the hospital just for a day and shifted him back to the jail on the very next day,” he further informed the court.
Latif Khosa pleaded with the court to direct authorities to allow Zardari his personal attendant until he stays in his prison. “Our people will set up tents in front of the jail,” he warned.
Earlier, Pakistan’s accountability bureau arrested former president Asif Ali Zardari in a money laundering case after his interim bail was rejected by the Islamabad High Court.
He was arrested from outside his house in Islamabad’s F-8.
His medical test will be conducted at the NAB office and he will be presented before an accountability court.
The NAB team investigating the money laundering and fake accounts case already obtained arrest warrants for the PPP co-chairperson and were waiting outside the Islamabad High Court to arrest him.
However, Zardari left the court before the verdict was announced. It was earlier reserved.