SC orders secretary health to form board for Dr Asim Hussain’s checkup


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Thursday has ordered federal secretary health to form a medical board for checkup of former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain and recommendation regarding his transference to hospital.


A two-member bench headed by Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani held hearing of petition filed by Hussain’s wife against his transference from hospital to Rangers custody.

Rangers law officer Major Ishfaq said that Hussain is under thorough supervision and his sugar level and blood pressure are being monitored regularly.

The counsel for the petitioner requested the court to order checkup of Hussain by an unbiased board. He said that the board put together by the Rangers should not have army medics.

Justice Sheikh Azmat remarked, the SC would not allow hindrance in investigations due to medical checkup.

Justice Usmani said that the court has a case of medical checkup to give order about and not of Hussain’s custody. He said that the SC hopes that secretary health would form an unbiased board.

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 SC adjourned the hearing until October 28 and ordered the secretary health to form a board which would recommend whether Hussain should be shifted to hospital or not.