Asim’s remand extended in NAB’s custody

KARACHI: An Accountability Court on Thursday extended the remand of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and former petroleum minister, Dr Asim Hussain, in National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody for seven more days.

Dr Asim was presented before Accountability Court after the expiry of his five-day remand. During the hearing NAB prosecutor stated that many new revelations have been surfaced and a major development had been made.

NAB’s counsel stated that Dr Asim’s medical checkup was conducted twice in the last week and in case of any emergency doctor is round-the-clock there to treat him. NAB requested the court to grant extension in his remand as he is further required for investigation.

Dr Asim’s counsel; however, opposed an extension in remand arguing that his client was not mentally alert due to prolonged detention. After hearing the arguments, the court extended the remand of Dr Asim for more seven days.

It is pertinent to mention here that Dr Asim since his arrest on 26th August had either been in Rangers, police or NAB’s custody.

Earlier Dr Asim was booked at North Nazimabad police station under Anti-Terrorism Act after the Rangers handed over him to police.

The FIR accused Dr Asim of providing medical facilities to terrorists and wanted criminals belonging to a political party and notorious Lyari gang war bandits in two branches of Ziauddin Hospital, owned by him. The FIR said that Dr Asim made illegal appointments and granted contracts on bribes during his tenure as Petroleum Minister.