Bilawal threatens govt over dad's health in jail


ISLAMABAD: Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bialwal Bhutto Zardari said this government would be responsible if something happened to his father and former president Asif Zardari in jail.
Bialwal in his tweeter message wrote “The Pakistani state continues to try and use my father’s ailing health to pressure my party.”
He said despite being detained without being convicted of anything since August, Asif Zardari is still to receive medical care.
Bialwal further said despite multiple medical reports from the governments own doctor that he should be provided with medical facilities in prison and shifted to hospital for investigation and treatment he has been denied his fundamental rights.
He added that not only has he not been taken to hospital he has still not been provided with a fridge to keep his insulin and medicine.
PPP leader continued that if anything was, God forbid, to happen to my father we will hold this government responsible, adding that despite these tactics we will not compromise on our principles or democratic politics.
Earlier, an accountability court rejected a petition filed by former president Asif Ali Zardari, who has been put in jail on judicial remand, seeking his shift to a hospital for medical care.
Yesterday, Judge Muhammad Bashir reserved a verdict in the same application after hearing arguments from Zardari’s advocate Latif Khosa.
Khosa argued before the court that his client’s life was in danger and it was his Constitutional right to avail medical facilities in the jail.
“Zardari doesn’t want anything from this government, but his legal rights must be ensured we hadn’t asked for an apology from even Zia-ul-Haq,” he said.
“Judicial relief is our right if Zardari suffers any kind of heart ailment, these people wont transfer him to a hospital it takes an hour-and-a-half to reach a hospital from the Adiala Jail,” he mentioned.–Agencies