Dr Asim Hussain remanded for four days

KARACHI: Dr Asim Hussain, former petroleum minister, has been remanded for four days in police custody over charges of facilitating terrorists, Aaj News reported.

Dr Asim’s case was heard at the Anti-Terrorism Court where he was brought on Thursday afternoon under heavy security from Gulberg.

His 90 day remand ended today and it was expected that Rangers will apply for its extension.

An FIR against Dr Asim was registered in the North Nazimabad police station, where he was accused of assisting terrorists. According to police, Dr Asim Hussain faces charges of provision of medical treatment to terrorists in his private hospital. The case against Dr Asim also includes Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Dr Asim’s name has been placed under the Exit Control List, along with another PPP minister Sharjeel Memon.

According to an Aaj News correspondent, no Pakistan People’s Party activists have gathered outside the court in Dr Asim’s support. “PPP jiyalas often gather outside courts to support their leaders. But the marked absence of these activists is felt,” he said.

Dr Asim who was also serving as chairman for the Higher Education Commission was arrested on August 26.

Dr Asim is a close friend of former president Asif Ali Zardari. The PPP claims the case against Dr Asim is an example of political victimization of their party.