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ATC rejects investigation report that had cleared Dr Asim of charges

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KARACHI (APS)Dec 21,2015 – The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday transferred the case in ATC trial court number 2 while rejecting the investigation officer’s report that had cleared Dr Asim of charges, APS News reported.

According to details, the ATC has ordered to transfer the Dr Asim case to the trial court while rejecting the investigation officer’s report. The police have taken Dr Asim into custody and will present before the ATC number 2 on Tuesday.

Earlier, terror accused former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain was presented before the anti-terrorism court (ATC) where investigation officer argued for his innocence saying that there is no witness or testament.

The investigation officer filed a report in the ATC. Deputy Superintendent of Police said that the former investigation officer was biased and did not shoulder his responsibilities.

The officer said that the case has been made Class-A due to lack of witnesses and statements. The ATC has reserved verdict on investigation officer’s report and will give out today around 4pm.

Hussain said that he is an ex-military officer and he had to face a media-trial. In his statement in the court, Hussain said that his life is under threat. However, he said he could sacrifice his life for the country.

Following a notification issued after approval from Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah, Nisar Ahmed Durrani has replaced Mushtaq Jahangir as special public prosecutor. Administrative judge of the anti-terrorism courts (ATCs), Justice Naimatullah Phalphuto is hearing the case.

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Separately, Sindh High Court (SHC) heard plea filed by Dr Asim’s mother against the Rangers and that of Rangers against the Sindh government. Rangers and the Sindh government have come face to face in the terror case against the former minister.

A two-member bench heard plea of Pakistan Rangers officer Inayatullah Durrani. The plea stated that the government is constantly interfering in the case which is hindering the progress. The Rangers demanded the court to bar the government from involvement.

The SHC adjourned the hearing until Tuesday and ordered to present Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh’s verdict’s copy.

On the other hand, the court postponed hearing of plea filed by Dr Asim’s mother owing to absence of her counsel. However, Dr Asim’s mother said that paramilitary force is pressurizing investigation officer and must be stopped.

Meanwhile, locals gathered outside the court and raised slogans in favour of the Rangers and targeted operation. Rangers’ supporters held banners with anti-Dr Asim scripts written on them.

On December 20, Rangers had filed a plea in the SHC demanding to stop Sindh government from replacing Mushtaq Jahangir. The former special prosecutor also approached the court in this regard.

The case holds immense importance in the current scenario of the country as the accused has been in close quarters with the former president Asif Ali Zardari while the law enforcers and anti-corruption bodies are apparently trying to hunt him down and for the purpose, Asim was nabbed.

Zardari is presently residing in Dubai and there are reports that he would not participate in his late wife Benazir Bhutto s death anniversary ceremony on December 27 at Garhi Shahu as he suspects arrest.

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