Justice Having a Good Time with Dr Asim, Remand Extended for Another 5 Days

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Monday, 07 December 2015 17:21

KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi extended another five days to the remand of former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain on Monday.

The former petroleum minister, who is also a close aide of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, is being investigated over allegations of corruption and facilitating terrorists at his private hospital in Karachi. He was taken into custody on August 26 and has since been on remand either by Rangers or police.

ATC's administrative judge Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto rejected the former minister's request to speak in private quarters, instead directing him to say what he wanted to in the court.

"My life is in danger. They torture me, beat me up. I am being mentally tortured, for at times I am offered with a lollipop and other times threats," he told the court.

Dr Asim denied all allegations and said that he was being wrongly accused of facilitating terrorists, and pleaded innocence. He said that it was a 'battle of egos' and 'somebody else's dispute' but that he was being wrongly implicated.

"If all evidence is with the Rangers, then why am I in custody?" he said.

"If they want to kill me they should do so in an encounter. But do not torture me like this. I am a heart patient. If I die, who will be responsible?"

Denying all charges, Dr Asim claimed that a false FIR had been lodged and a serious case is being built against him on the statement of one medical superintendent at his hospital. He claimed that the police was taking directions from "somewhere else".

The investigating officer requested the court of an extension of five days in the physical remand of the PPP leader, which was granted by the ATC's administrative judge Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto.

Dr Asim, who served as the petroleum minister during the tenure of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government , was taken into custody on August 26 under Section 11-EEEE of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, and a joint interrogation team was formed after getting approval from the Sindh government.

The Sindh Rangers registered a case against Dr Asim at a North Nazimabad police station last month, soon after the expiry of the 90-day remand that the paramilitary force had obtained from the anti-terrorism court for investigation after his arrest in August.

He was serving as the chairman of the Sindh Higher Education Commission when he was arrested.

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