KARACHI: Advocate General (AG) Sindh Abdul Fatah Malik on Wednesday claimed that the Rangers had detained former federal minister and close Zardari aide Dr Asim Hussain illegally.
The advocate general made the claim during a hearing of a case relating to Dr Asim’s detention in the Sindh High Court (SHC).
Dr Asim’s wife, Dr Zareen has challenged her husband’s detention under Section 11-EEEE of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
Presenting his arguments before a divisional bench of the SHC headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, the AG Sindh said that the paramilitary force had not asked permission from the Sindh government before taking Dr Asim into custody.
Malik also said that Dr Asim did not have a criminal background and that the Rangers had not shared any evidence implicating him.
Justice Sajjad Ali Shah in his remarks pointed out that the Rangers had detained a number of people and questioned whether they required permission from the Sindh government for these detentions.
Shah also asked about the number of cases in which the Rangers had previously sought the provincial government’s permission for detaining individuals.
The case was subsequently adjourned for further arguments to Oct 26.
The case relates to a petition that was filed in the SHC in August challenging the arrest of Dr Asim Hussain, a former federal minister and the chairman of the provincial Higher Education Commission.
The petition contended that the former minister was an esteemed politician and his detention was unlawful as he did not have a criminal record.
Dr Asim was arrested on Aug 26 for his alleged involvement in a graft-related scam and later handed over to the Rangers for a 90-day custody.