KARACHI:The Sindh government on Sunday has appointed Nisar Ahmed Durrani as new special public prosecutor in Dr Asim case, worsening rift between the provincial government and Pakistan Rangers.According to a notification issued following Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah’s approval, senior lawyer Nisar Ahmed Durrani had been appointed as special prosecutor replacing Mushtaq Jahangiri.The change came a day after Deputy Superintendent of Rangers Inayatullah Durrani – who was the complainant in the FIR against Dr Hussain – filed a constitutional petition requesting the Sindh High Court to restrain the provincial government from changing prosecutor Jahangiri. He said that there was ample evidence about the involvement of Dr Asim’s in corrupt practices as well as treatment and harbouring of terrorists at his hospital’s branches in Clifton and North Nazimabad areas of Karachi.The petitioner also alleged that the Sindh government was pressurising the home department to replace Mushtaq Jahangiri because he had refused to approve the report for release of Dr Asim.
However, Sindh Prosecutor General Shahadat Awan said that he had no information regarding the replacement. The final challan of the Dr Asim case had been prepared and would be submitted in the court on Monday by the investigating officer. According to sources, it had been stated in the challan that no proofs were found against Dr Asim’s involvement in terrorism activities.While talking to a private television channel, the newly appointed prosecutor Nisar Durrani said that he was called in the prosecution department last night where he was told about the appointment. He said that he had received the file but had not yet read it whereas he would present before the court.Durrani also confirmed that he had not received the notification regarding his appointment.
The move is likely to deepen row between the PPP-led provincial government and the paramilitary force over trial of Dr Asim Hussain who is a former federal minister and a close confidante of former president Asif Ali Zardari.Sources said that the change of prosecutor might lead to release of Dr Asim who was facing charges of corruption and treatment of terrorists at his hospital. He was detained on August 26 by officials of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Rangers in multiple cases of corruption and terror financing. The accused had spent three months in Rangers’ custody and later remained in police and the NAB’s custody.