Dr Asim case: SHC grants protective bail to PSZP’s Anees Qaimkhani

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday granted protective bail to Pak Sar Zameen Party (PSZP) leader Anees Qaimkhani in Dr Asim case of treating terrorists.

Qaimkhani, a former deputy convener of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, is accused of asking Dr Asim to treat the terrorists of his previous party, who got injured in clashes with law enforcers or their rivals, at Ziauddin Hospital.

PSZP leader through his counsel approached the court seeking the protective bail as according to him he is innocent and had nothing to do the terrorism charges.

His counsel submitted that the allegations labelled against his client are baseless as Qaimkhani never asked anyone to treat the terrorists. The counsel requested the court to grant protective bail to Qaimkhani.

After hearing the arguments, SHC bench, headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh, approved his protective bail against the surety bonds of Rs 100,000 for the period of one week. The accused counsel requested the judges to extend the bail period for 15 days; however the court directed them to contact Anti-Terrorism Court, a trial court.

It is pertinent to mention here that Anti-Terrorism Court had issued arrest warrants against Anees Qaimkhani for several times but police remained unable to nab him.