Asif Ali Zardari, former president of PPP, was taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for treatment and laboratory tests on Tuesday after receiving medical advice from the medical board in Adiyala Jail. The board suggested the authorities to shift him.
Last week, an accountability court in Islamabad ordered the prison authorities to follow the advice of the doctors and approved Zardari’s request of transferring him to the hospital. Zardari is currently on judicial remand in a fake accounts case.
The former president was taken to PIMS hospital from Adiyala Jail in an armored vehicle today.
Doctors at the hospital examined his condition and took samples for tests in the laboratory. After the examination process, Zardari was transferred to the hospital’s cardiology department.
After reaching the hospital, he said while talking to the reporters, “God willing, Maulana Fazlur Rehman will achieve his goal [of ousting the government].”
When the reporters told him that the government is placing containers and making arrests to stop the protest, he said, “Aisa tau hota hai aise ma’amloun mai [that’s the way the cookie crumbles].”
Last week, PPP officials told the court that he had diabetes, heart problems, and needed medical assistance. However, the court rejected the request to transfer the former president to the hospital before.
The request was rejected by the accountability court due to the reason that the case was not within the jurisdiction of the court. While announcing the decision, Judge Mohammad Bashir told Zardari to address the prison authorities instead. The judge also told in the verdict that the prison authorities can declare the hospital a sub-prison through an executive order.
The accountability court also ordered the prison director to follow the advice of the doctors or the medical board.
Zardari was arrested on June 10 by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after the High Court of Islamabad rejected his pre-arrest bail in the fake accounts case. The former president was sent on judicial remand to Adiyala Jail by the accountability court on August 16.