Dr Asim presented before court in corruption case


KARACHI: Former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain on Tuesday has been presented before Accountability Court (AC) in corruption reference after remand expired.


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).