14 or 4 Days Controversy: Dr Asim Hussain Amid handed over on 4day remand to police
An anti-terrorism court in Karachi on Thursday handed Dr Asim Hussain over to police on a four-day remand, with contention between lawyers prevailing of a 14 or 4 day remand.
The lawyers from all three sides argued whether the petition mentioned 14 or 4 days to which the court finally decided on a 4 day remand. The defence argued that the Rangers already had Asim for 90 days, another 4 would not bring forth new revelations. On the other hand the Rangers lawyer contested that they require another 14 days physical remand of Dr Asim, sources said.
Earlier on Wednesday, an FIR was registered against Dr Asim, a close aid of former president Asif Ali Zardari, at North Nazimabad police station under Clause 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Further, the names of Dr Asim and another Pakistan People’s Party leader were included in the Exit Control List reportedly on the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The move against the former petroleum minister came after the completion of his 90-day preventive custody with paramilitary Rangers.
In a first major detention of a major figure of PPP, Dr Asim was apprehended on August 26 on the accusation of facilitating terrorism and was later handed over to Rangers.
The arrest had drawn stern reaction from PPP which condemned the move and termed it as politically motivated.
On the other hand, Rangers contended that the crackdown was necessary to break the cycle of violence and corruption in the teeming metropolis of 20 million people.
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