WEB DESK: An Anti Terrorism Court extended the remand for former minister, Dr Asim Hussain, for five days. Dr Asim plead to the judge that he was being tortured in custody.
Dr Asim, former petroleum minister and close aide of Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is under trial for assisting terrorists and sheltering them at his hospital. He was taken in custody on August 26.
At the trial today, Dr Asim asked for a private session with the judge in the absence of Rangers and police. When the judge denied such a session and encouraged him to speak in the court room he said, “My life is in danger, I am being tortured in custody.”
“I deny all charges leveled against me. I’m still being threatened, they want to kill me, if I die the system will be responsible,” said an emotional Dr Asim during his court appearance amid tight security.
“If they want to kill me do so in an encounter. But I can not stand this torture every day.”
He asked the court not to hand him over to the Rangers.
The court extended his police remand for five more days.
The Sindh Rangers registered a case against Dr Asim at a North Nazimabad police station last month. He was accused of assisting and sheltering terrorists.
Dr Asim was serving as chairman of the Higher Education Commission when he was arrested.