Dr. Asim Hussain handed over into Rangers custody


KARACHI: Officials have handed over chairman Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Asim Hussain into the custody of Rangers personnel, NewsONE reported on Thursday.


Officials in plain clothes had raided the Sindh HEC office on Wednesday, taking the former petroleum minister away to an undisclosed location for questioning. It was unclear if Dr Asim had been formally detained or on what charges he was being questioned as no investigative agency or law enforcement department issued an official comment regarding the incident.

According to sources, the Sindh HEC chairman has now been transferred into the custody of Rangers personnel, who are expected to present him in an anti-terrorism court around noon.

Sources added that during interrogation by officials of an intelligence agency, the former federal minister agreed to provide information related to some key political personalities and alleged money-laundering worth billions of rupees.

Dr Asim, who also owns a private university in Karachi, is considered a close aide of former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

He was appointed as the federal minister for petroleum during the PPP government in 2008, during which he was accused of corruption in the LNG and LPG deals and indiscriminately issuing licenses for CNG stations.