ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, the Islamabad High Court formed a medical board to decide the health status of former President Asif Ali Zardari, who is seeking bail in a case involving fraudulent transfers from Bahria Town accounts to false accounts.
In the case of around Rs8.3 billion fraudulent deposits from the joint accounts of Bahria Town’s assistant private secretary Mushtaq and Zain Malik into bogus accounts, an IHC division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani took up Mr Zardari’s petition requesting pre-arrest bail.
Former president seeks pre-arrest bail
On June 18 last year, the court granted Mr Zardari’s pre-arrest temporary bail in this case. The bail is yet to be validated.
The former president originally requested bail on merit. However, after it was scheduled for a hearing before the bench in September last year, the petition was revised.
Advocate Farooq H. Naek told the court that the health of Mr. Zardari was declining and that, for medical reasons, he could be given pre-arrest bail.
A commission consisting of Professor Dr Nadeem Qamar of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and specialists in the fields of urology, general medicine, etc. was created by the court.
In a fortnight, the Commission was asked to present its findings.
The bench was of the opinion that the decision on the appeal must be made in the light of the Commission’s report, as the complainant had requested relief on medical grounds.
Accused Zain Malik, the son-in-law of land tycoon Malik Riaz, has secured release through plea bargaining with the National Accountability Bureau in three under-trial trials and three probes.
In one case, Zain undertook to mortgage his six assets and pay Rs4 billion, in another case Rs170 million and in the third case Rs37 million to NAB, Directorate of Rawalpindi, within three years.
Within three months, he will pay the balance in instalments.