Asim should not be discharged from hospital until doctors satisfy: SHC directs Rangers

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed Rangers officials not to discharge former Federal Minister Dr Asim Hussain from hospital until the doctors show satisfaction on his health.

SHC bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was hearing a petitions filed by Dr Zareen Akhter, wife of Dr Asim, who sought medical facilities for her spouse.

The petitioner submitted that she had showed reservations several times on her spouse’s health as he is chronic patient of blood pressure and diabetes; therefore, he needs medications. “Even though, Rangers officials took responsibility of his health but he was not provided medical facilities by the paramilitary force and now he is shifted to hospital due to heart problem,” she pleaded the court.

Dr Asim who is a close aid of former President Asif Ali Zardari, was brought to National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) late Monday with complaint of chest pain, and now he is in stable condition, sources at NICVD said on Tuesday. According to medical test reports, Dr Asim’s condition is said to be out of danger.

Dr Asim, is currently in Rangers’ detention for 90 days under section 11 EEEE Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, over his alleged involvement in corruption and offences related to terrorism. The Rangers had told ATC that they had credible information about Dr Asim’s involvement in offences coming within the ambit of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

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