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IHC constitutes a medical board to examine Zardari’s health

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday ordered to constitute a medical board to ascertain former president Asif Ali Zardari’s ailment and asked to submit medical reports within two weeks.

Following Zardari’s pre-arrest bail plea, the high court decided to constitute a medical board to review his health condition. The court directed relevant authorities to constitute a medical board besides including the medical superintendent (MS) of Ziauddin Hospital as a member.

The relevant authorities have been directed to submit Asif Zardari’s medical reports within two weeks, while accepting petitioner’s plea for his exemption of personal appearance in the hearing.

Advocate Farooq H. Naek, the counsel for Mr Zardari, told IHC that they filed the bail petition on medical grounds and the court has already granted bail to him in two other cases. He added that a medical board had been constituted earlier in light of court directives.

He continued that former president is currently admitted to a hospital due to medical issues. “He is suffering from cardiac, diabetes and chest issues. I request court to constitute a medical board again in the case,” he said.

Moreover, the lawyer also submitted fresh medical reports of Zardari in the court.

The counsel of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said that they will not oppose the decision to form a medical board comprising medics from the government hospital of Karachi.

Justice Aamer Farooq remarked that the final decision will be taken after getting an opinion from the medical board. Justice Farooq said that experts are needed to ascertaining about the disease.

Later, the excessive courtroom adjourned the hearing till January 28.

Abdullah Zahid

Abdullah Zahid is TPD's correspondent in Karachi. He reports on Pakistani political affairs.

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