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IHC addresses tomorrow’s Asif Ali Zardari, Talpur’s bail requests

Asif Ali Zardari

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) set out bail petitions for tomorrow in money laundering via fake bank accounts and Park Lane bribery references for the hearing of former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur.

A two-member court bench is set to chair the hearing on behalf of both Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) members of Farooq H Naek’s bail applications. In the petitions, respondents were made to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Accountability Court No. 2.

Mr. Zardari maintained that he had a heart condition and had three stents in his body. He said he also has diabetes, which means he has to control his blood sugar levels on an ongoing basis.

The medical reports of the PPP co-chairperson were submitted to the IHC along with the request.

Earlier, Zardari, who was detained on money laundering charges via fake bank accounts and is currently undergoing care at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), decided to file a bail plea for medical reasons at the request of members of his family.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), told the media during a brief news conference after meeting with his ailing father at PIMS yesterday that they decided to move the court for that purpose.

Mr Bilawal said the government’s medical board had pointed out Zardari’s diseases, but the former president had not previously allowed them to file a bail request.

The chairman of the PPP said Zardari had listened to his sister Asifa Bhutto’s request for his bail to be moved to court and they would now file a petition.

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