Zardari taken to Pims for medical tests – Pakistan

PPP co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari, was taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) on Thursday for medical exams, DawnNewsTV reported.

According to Pims staff, the results of the tests performed today will determine whether the former president should be admitted to the hospital.

Hospital sources said Zardari suffers from back pain and heart problems.

The former president was taken to the hospital in an armored vehicle. The hospital has undergone strict security measures due to the visit of the PPP co-chair.

When he contacted him, Pims executive director Dr. Ansar Maxood said today's trip to the hospital was for routine tests.

The National Office of Responsibility (NAB) had arrested the former president on June 10 after the cancellation of his bond prior to the arrest by the Islamabad High Court in the case of false bank accounts. On August 16, the court sent the former president to the Adiala prison in pretrial detention.

Since then, PPP members and workers have been raising their voices against the government for "not giving the former president access to health facilities."

The president of the PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said the government was trying to "assassinate" his father Asif Ali Zardari by not following the doctors' advice for a medical check-up of the former jailed president.

A day earlier, a hospital doctor told him Sunrise that a few days ago a hospital medical team had examined Zardari in prison and advised him to perform some tests related to heart disease in the hospital.

However, he admitted that it would be the government that would decide whether to transfer Zardari to the hospital or not.

"We will perform some tests and it would be better if you are hospitalized," he said.



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