AC extends Dr Asim’s judicial remand for 14 days


KARACHI: Accountability Court (AC) on Tuesday has extended physical remand of former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain for 14 days.


Dr Asim’s wife was not allowed to enter the court premises. However, the court stated Dr Asim would remain in NAB’s custody in money laundering case until his physical remand expires.

The ATC on December 21 2015 had rejected Sindh Police’s report in Dr Asim’s case that declared the accused innocent and freed him of all charges.

National Accountability Court (NAB) is pursuing a case against the former minister and Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman, Dr Asim Hussain.

In earlier hearing, NAB official had stated that 50 percent of transactions done by the accused were traced. The court had remanded the accused in NAB’s custody for 14 days.

On the other hand, the alleged corrupt official is facing terror case for alleged facilitation of terrorists and armed wings of political parties in Karachi. Dr Hussain is accused of treating insurgents in his hospital in Sindh’s metropolitan.

On December 30, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) had issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) mayoral candidate Waseem Akhtar, Anees Qaimkhani and Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Abdul Qadir Patel among other ‘fugitives’ in Dr Asim Hussain’s case.

The ATC had adjourned indictment of the accused.

On January 4, professor Haroon Ahmad had medically reviewed Dr Hussain on orders of the accountability court. The psychiatrist declared the alleged terror facilitator mentally incapacitated. He said that Dr. Asim even had given committing suicide a thought.

According to the report, the psychiatrist recommended shifting Dr. Asim to hospital. The report has been handed to the judge of the accountability court, as well as National Accountability Bureau (NAB).