Terrorists treatment case: Dr Asim sent on four-day physical remand

KARACHI: The administrative judge of Anti-Terrorism Court on Thursday handed over Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and former petroleum minister, Dr Asim Hussain, to police on a four-day physical remand in a terrorists treatment case.

Dr Asim was brought before the administrative judge of Anti-Terrorism Court Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto under tight security after the expiry of his 90-day preventive detention in Rangers’ custody. The case reached surprising point when the contradiction took place among the lawyers of Rangers, defence side and prosecutor general over the period of remand.

The Rangers’ counsel requested the court to send Dr Asim at least on a 14-day physical remand as he is facing serious charges of providing treatment to terrorists. The Prosecutor General asked the court to send him on only four-day physical remand.

On the other hand, the lawyer of Dr Asim totally opposed the remand and stated that his client was the owner of the hospital, so how could he know the profession of the patients. He argued that how could Dr Asim knew that the patients, being treated at his hospital, were terrorists and wanted criminals.

After hearing the arguments from all the sides, the judge handed over Dr Asim to police on four-day physical remand and directed Investigation Officer to present progress report in the next hearing.

Earlier on Wednesday, an FIR was registered against Dr Asim at North Nazimabad police station under Anti-Terrorism Act. The FIR accused Dr Asim of providing medical facilities to terrorists and wanted criminals belonging to a political party and notorious Lyari gang war in two branches of Ziauddin Hospital owned by him.

Dr Asim remained 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 falling within the ambit of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.