Court to indict Dr Asim on April 7

Staff Reporter

Karachi —Accountability Court will indict former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain on April 7 in two corruption references.
The court heard the cases on Saturday and adjourned the hearing until April 7. As the hearing proceeded, the court resented jail authorities for not presenting the alleged corrupt ex-minister in the last hearing.
It should be mentioned here that acting Canadian High Commissioner was present in the court room. The accused briefly conversed with the High Commissioner after the hearing. Dr Asim’s mother and brother were also present.
One of the references alleges Dr Asim of Rs 462 billion graft while another of Rs 13 billion corruption. He is accused of money-laundering, having hidden property, illegal allotments, land grabbing, misuse of authority, fraud and giving illegal contracts during his tenure in Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited.
Dr Asim was apprehended in August 2015 by Pakistan Rangers from Higher Education Commission office.
The alleged corrupt ex-minister is facing terrorism case in an anti-terrorism court as well. He is accused of providing safe havens and medical treatment to target killers and terrorists in his hospital in Sindh metropolitan. The accused has pleaded not guilty to both corruption and terror references. On March 25, Sindh High Court summoned reply from National Accountability Bureau on April 26 on plea filed by Safdar Hussain who is nominated in corruption reference against Dr Asim Hussain.

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