KARACHI: The anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday extended the remand of former petroleum minister and PPP leader Dr. Asim Hussain by five days, with the court sending Hussain back into police custody.
The Investigation Officer (IO) Altaf Hussain had asked the court to extend the remand of Hussain for an additional five days in order to complete the ongoing investigation.
During the court proceedings, Hussain was asked by the presiding judge if he had a statement to make as he was present in an “open court and he was safe in the premises.”
Hussain spoke in court and stated that he was fearful for his life and that he was not aware where he was kept while in custody of security forces.
“I went with the Rangers voluntarily when the Rangers arrived to take me into custody,” said Hussain.
“The cases against me for treating terrorists in my medical facilities are false and baseless.”
He added that he was being subjected to mental torture while in the custody of security forces, which was detrimental to his health as he suffers from multiple health issues.
“I was made to sign documents that I was not aware of while in custody,” alleged the PPP leader.
Following the end of his 90-day preventive detention on November 25, Rangers had handed Dr Asim over to police after lodging a case against him for allegedly treating and harbouring terrorists at North Nazimabad and Clifton branches of his hospital at the behest of leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the PPP.
The anti-terrorism court had remanded Dr Hussain in police custody for four days.
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