JPMC decides to conduct tests of Dr Asim


KARACHI: Medical board formed in case against former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain has decided to conduct different tests of the corruption and terror accused.


A five-member board comprising of Jinnah Hospital medics held a key meeting in Karachi.

The doctors have decided to conduct tests pertaining to psychological health of the accused. Dr Asim is also suffering from irregular blood pressure and diabetes.

The board comprises of five professors from psychology, neurology and other related fields.

The terror accused was shifted to Jinnah Hospital on January 20 and was allotted a room there. Dr Asim is being tried for alleged terror sheltering and corruption simultaneously.

National Accountability Court (NAB) has alleged the alleged criminal of money laundering while a case is underway in anti-terrorism court (ATC).

Dr Asim belongs to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and is a close confidant of former president Asif Ali Zardari. Owing to the complexity of the situation, Sindh government strongly resented Dr Asim’s arrest in 2015.

The provincial government has since taken a few steps to take control of the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi against criminals.

The government has recently passed a Criminal Prosecution Service Bill Amendment 2016. However, the amendment has been challenged in the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP).

The bill allows the provincial government to free any suspect by withdrawing the case. Opposition in the Sindh Assembly had strongly denounced the act and protested against the move.

In 2014, the federal government had rejected Sindh’s recommendations to conditionally restore Pakistan Rangers special powers in Karachi. The exclusive policing powers given to the Rangers under the Constitution of Pakistan, as the federation terms it, had expired then.

However, the federal government restored the powers unconditionally. The step was criticised by Zardari and Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah among other party members. The PPP leaders had termed the restoration an “attack on Sindh.”