Dr Asim

Court extends Dr Asim’s remand for 14 days

KARACHI - An accountability court in Karachi extended on Tuesday the remand of former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain by 14 days over his alleged role in illegal appointments and award of contracts in the Sui Southern Gas Company.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested the former minister from the Sindh High Court on December 11, after an administrative judge of the Anti-Terrorism Court allowed the accountability body to take him into custody after police released him under Section 497(2) of CrPC. He was under police custody for allegedly facilitating treatment and providing refuge to terrorists at his hospital.

Ordering an investigation report to be submitted at the next hearing, the court also demanded an examination of Dr Asim’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reports. Further, the court ordered provision of medical treatment to Dr Asim during his 15-day remand under the NAB’s custody.

Dr Asim had been detained by the paramilitary Rangers on August 26. He, along with 27 others, had been accused of facilitating terrorism by providing treatment to terrorists — militants working for political and religious groups — who were injured in shootouts with the law enforcers or with rival groups.

When his 90-day detention expired on November 26, Dr Asim was transferred to police custody for further investigations.

On November 30, NAB had sought permission from the anti-terrorism court to question the former petroleum minister in connection with graft references. The trial court allowed the accountability body to join the investigations.

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