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ATC remands Dr Asim Hussain in police custody for four days

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KARACHI (APS) Nov 26,2015– Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday has given Dr Asim Hussain in Sindh Police custody on four-day physical remand after he was booked on terror charges.

A case was registered against him in North Nazimabad Police Station under Anti-Terrorism Act after 90-day remand in Rangers custody expired this month.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Sindh ruling party, Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) members have also been nominated in the case. Former federal minister is accused of providing shelter to terrorists and gang war criminals and their treatment in his hospital.

The case alleges Asim of treating terrorists and wanted criminals in Clifton and North Nazimabad branches of Dr Ziauddin Hospital that he owns. MQM-backed militants who were injured in different encounters with Sindh Police and Rangers were treated in his hospital, the case alleges.

The authorities have stated that Asim had given safe havens to terrorists on requests by MQM leaders including Rauf Siddique, Waseem Akhtar, Saleem Shahzad and Anees Qaimkhani.

On the other hand, PPP’s Qadir Patel used to call on Asim to treat gang war criminals. Anti-Terrorism case states that former president, Zardari’s close confidant, Asim had permitted stay of militants in his hospital.

The first information report (FIR) further accuses Asim of graft as he pocketed bribes to recruit employees in Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and Sui Southern Gas as their administrator. He has been alleged of forwarding contracts to companies and different persons whoever ‘offered him the highest.’

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On August 26, Pakistan Rangers personnel, dressed in civil had taken Asim in custody from Sindh Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) building. The detainee was given in Rangers custody for ninety days on physical remand by a court.

The development in the case has come in after the remand expired.

During the course of physical remand in Rangers custody, Asim’s wife had challenged Sindh High Court’s (SHC) verdict in Supreme Court (SC) that allowed Rangers to have the accused discharged from hospital after he was admitted for alleged heartache.

As the case was heard in the Supreme Court, Rangers legal team had argued that the alleged culprit is being taken care of, as a matter of fact his sugar level and blood pressure are monitored regularly.

A two-member bench headed by Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani had remarked on October 8 that the Supreme Court would not allow Asim’s medical checkup to hinder the ongoing investigations. The court had ordered health authorities concerned to form a board for thorough medical check-up.

The court also said that if the petitioner has reservation over the board, she could file a petition in the SC. The Supreme Court said that Dr Nida Hussain, Dr Abdul Samad and Dr Zahid Jamal should be granted round-the-clock access to the alleged criminal.

The court had barred authorities from considering army medics for Asim’s medical checkup.

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