Asim’s remand extended in NAB’s custodyDecember 22, 2015
KARACHI: An Accountability Court on Wednesday extended the remand of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and former petroleum minister, Dr Asim Hussain, in National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody till 6th July, 2016 for his alleged involvement in offences triable under NAB Ordinance, 1999.
Dr Asim is facing charges of money laundering, making illegal appointments and granting contracts on bribes while misusing his powers as Petroleum Minister.
In Wednesday’s hearing NAB’s Investigation Officer Zameer Abbasi submitted a letter before the judge, requesting the court to extend Dr Asim’s remand as he is required for further interrogation. The IO stated that half of the data relating to money laundering and Ziauddin Trust’s land is still to be recovered.
Dr Asim’s counsel, Raza Ahmed Naqvi opposed to extend the remand, stating that his client has been in custody since his arrest on 26th August, 2015. ”Keeping a suspect for such a long period is the violation of laws” he argued.
NAB’s deputy prosecutor Amjed Ali Shah, however, stated that earlier the suspect was in law enforcers’ custody on terror charges, and the bureau got his custody afterward.
The court while accepting the NAB’s request extended remanded Dr Asim’s in their custody for two more weeks.
Eralier on Tuesday, Anti-Terrorism Court had sent Dr Asim to jail to jail on judicial remand over charges of providing treatment to terrorists at his hospital in Karachi.
Former petroleum minister was arrested by the Rangers on 26th August 2015, when he was serving as chairman of Sindh’s Higher Education Commission.
A part from fraud charges, Dr Asim is also facing charges 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 also said that Dr Asim made illegal appointments and granted contracts on bribes during his tenure as Petroleum Minister.