Zardari’s aide ‘detained’ in Karachi

KARACHI: Former Federal minister for petroleum and currently chairman of provincial HEC in Sindh Dr Asim Hussain was taken into custody by law enforcement agencies from his office in Clifton on Wednesday.

According to sources at least 12 plainclothes raided the office of Sindh Higher Education Commission where Dr Asim was chairing a meeting with vice chancellor search committee members.

The officials questioned Dr Hussain at his office for about half an hour before escorting him and also took away important documents with them.

A close aide of Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Hussain has previously served as adviser to the prime minister on petroleum during the last PPP government tenure.

It was not clear if Dr Hussain was formally detained as no investigative agency or law enforcement department has yet issued a comment in this regard.

Sources said that Dr Hussain had been summoned by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Hussain had departed the country for Dubai after getting protective bail in a case, and returned back to Karachi only four days ago, the sources added.

They said that NAB officials also conducted a raid on Karachi’s Civic Centre to seized records of the properties owned by Dr Asim Hussain.

Meanwhile, leader of the opposition in National Assembly and PPP senior leader Khursheed Shah condemned the arrest of Dr Asim Hussain, while speaking to media in Islamabad.

Shah said that, as per his information, Hussain had been taken away for investigation. He did not disclose who had taken him away or on what charges.