I don’t know my crime till now: Dr Asim

KARACHI – Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Asim Hussain on Friday said that he did not know his crime till today.

The alleged terror facilitator denied charges once again while casually talking to the media before court hearing in Karachi’s Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC). The accused asked his counsel for United States (US) Dollar’s value against Pakistani Rupee to answer a question; however, both the persons were unaware of that.

The ATC adjourned hearing of Dr Asim Hussain’s terror facilitation case until January 19 after re-issuing non-bailable arrest warrants of fugitives. The court expressed resentment for not arresting the nominated persons. The judge stated that the accused were appearing on TV screens and talking to media.

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Friday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Waseem Akhtar, Saleem Shehzad, Anees Qaimkhani and Qadir Patel while hearing the case against Dr Asim Hussain the former petroleum minister and close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari. The chairman was presented before the ATC where the investigation submitted its report pertaining to arrests of fugitives in the case.

The report states that while Usman Moazzam has been apprehended efforts are being made nab four others. Investigation officer presented a list of witnesses in the case. Total number of witnesses, according to the list is 17. The court included name of judicial magistrate in the witnesses list after objection from the Rangers official.

Dr Asim complained about pain in his gums and requested the court to let him visit hospital. The court ordered authorities concerned to get the accused checked by none other than doctor he went to the last time. The alleged terror facilitator was given in National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody for another 14 days on January 5 after his earlier remand expired.

The prosecutor had maintained that 80 per cent of Dr Asim’s transactions had been traced. The NAB official had requested the court to grant remand’s extension to complete the investigations. The former minister is facing a terror case in the ATC while a corruption case in the accountability court.

A case was registered against Dr Asim in North Naziamabad Police Station in November 2015 for treating terrorists and target killers in Dr Ziauddin Hospital.

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