Asim handed over to Rangers for 90 days

KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers Sindh on Thursday produced Chairman Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Ex-Federal Minister Dr Asim Hussain before Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) and informed it about his 90-day preventive detention for questioning.

The personnel of Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, along with their counsel produced Hussain before the court amid tight security.

According to the Rangers, the suspect is required for investigation for alleged involvement in money-laundering, China-cutting of plots, excess of power and illegally issuing licenses of CNG stations across the Sindh province.

The judge allowed the paramilitary force to detain the suspect for 90 days for interrogation, considering legal provisions section 11EEEE (1) of ATA. The paramilitary force has the authority to detain suspects for the period of three moths for questioning under section 11EEEE (1) of ATA.

The production of the suspects with relevant documents was made in compliance with section 11EEEE (3) of ATA for the information and record of the court.

Dr Asim Hussain was arrested from his office by the law enforcement agencies on other day and taken to unknown location for questioning. He was later handed over to Rangers and paramilitary force, who presented him in the ATC today in tight security.

Dr Asim, who is also running a private medical university and hospital in Karachi, is considered a close aide of former president Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

On other hand, Dr Asim’s wife Dr Zareen Hussain wrote a letter to the Inspector-General Sindh Police, asking to be informed of her husband’s whereabouts and condition. The letter stated that Dr Asim is a chronic patient of diabetes and hypertension and requires constant medical care.

Sources said the authorities have given permission to family members to meet Dr Asim at the Mitha Ram H in Karachi, where he was taken before being shifted to the detention centre at the Karachi Central Jail.