PPP admits harsh conditions may have hit Zardaris mental health during incarceration

September 3rd, 2008 - 3:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Benazir Bhutto

Islamabad, Sept 3 (ANI): Amid news reports that PPP Co-chairman and presidential candidate Asif Ali Zardari was mentally ill due to the 11-year-long incarceration, his party sources have said that it was natural to have psychological impact on ones mind after living in jail for 11 years.

They said that Zardari was kept in jail in the worst conditions for 11 years, and added that if anybody faced such conditions for only one month, it was bound to have an impact on his health.

The harsh conditions may have adversely affected the health of Zardari, but he had fully recovered afterwards, The News quoted them as saying.

The party sources are of the view that both Zardari and his slain wife Benazir Bhutto were the target of political victimisation and that fake corruption cases were framed against them.

Meanwhile, during his 11-year long incarceration over corruption cases, Zardari had presented as many as 200 medical certificates in different courts in order to delay the hearings of the cases.

Disclosing this, sources said, the much-discussed medical reports about his mental disorders were also challenged by the Government of Pakistan as fake.

Sources in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) told this correspondent that the Bureau in early 2007 wrote to the London High Court and questioned the authenticity of the medical report that recently made headlines in the national and international media. We wrote to the London High Court that the Government of Pakistan believes that the psychiatrists report was a case of perjury and meant to delay the proceedings of the corruption case, a source said, adding that the London High Court was requested to constitute an independent medical board to ascertain if the accused is really suffering from psychological disorders.

When the London High Court approved the request of the Government of Pakistan, it recommended the case to the Head of Psychiatry Department, Harvard University; Head of Psychiatry Department, Columbia University; or Head of Psychiatry Department, New York State University. (ANI)

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