Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday thanked judges for granting bail to former president Asif Ali Zardari on medical grounds, ARY News reported.
Talking to the newsmen outside the Islamabad High Court, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari showing concerns over the medical report of his ailing father thanked the masses for their prayers.
He said Asif Ali Zardari will go through the treatment as the medical report highlights serious threats to his life.
Criticizing the incumbent government, the PPP leader claimed that incompetent government has ruined our economy and politics. “This is the last year of the PTI government.”
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was confident that his party will be in a position to form government next year.
Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had approved the bail petition of former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on medical grounds.
The petitioner was directed to submit Rs10 million surety bonds in the court. Asif Ali Zardari is facing corruption charges and currently, he is in the PIMS hospital owing to his worsening health.
On Tuesday, the former president had filed a bail petition on medical grounds in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
On Monday, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had announced that his ailing father will file a bail petition on medical grounds.
The development came about five months after Zardari, the widower of the country's assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was arrested by Pakistan's anti-graft body in a multimillion-dollar money laundering case.
Shortly after the court order, Zardari's son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who heads the key opposition Pakistan People's Party, claimed that the days of the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan were numbered.
He told reporters that once he recovers, his father will launch a campaign to oust Khan's government.
Former president Zardari, a lawmaker in the Lower House of Parliament, has been accused of having dozens of bogus bank accounts, a charge he denies, saying he was being politically victimised by Khan's government.
Since coming to power, Khan has pledged that his government would make good on his election campaign promise to fight corruption on all fronts.
Zardari, who was arrested in June, was expected to to be freed later on Wednesday.
Pakistan's anti-graft body has arrested several politicians and businessmen on corruption charges since Khan took office last year after winning a narrow majority in parliamentary elections.
Khan's predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, was removed from office by the country's Supreme Court over corruption allegations in 2017.
Sharif is currently undergoing medical tests in London after being released on bail on medical grounds. Sharif and Zardari are long-time political rivals but their parties have vowed to launch protests against Khan's government over increasing inflation and a spike in prices of essential foods.
Zardari became president in 2008, after Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf was forced to resign. Zardari's wife Benazir Bhutto served twice as a prime minister before being killed by the Taleban in 2007. Zardari served as Pakistan's president until 2013.