KARACHI: An antiterrorism court reserved on Saturday its order on a bail application of Dr Asim Hussain, a leader of Pakistan Peoples Party and close aide to former president Asif Ali Zardari, as the defence and the prosecution concluded their arguments in a case against him relating to treatment of terrorists at his hospitals.
Dr Asim was picked up in Clifton last year.
On Aug 27, the following day, the paramilitary force informed an antiterrorism that he had been placed under three-month preventive detention for inquiry under Section 11-EEEE of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 since they had credible information about his involvement in using embezzled funds to finance terrorism.
Later, a case against him and others, including leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the PPP, was registered at the North Nazimabad police station under various Sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and Sections 21-I (aid and abetment), 21-J (harbouring any person who committed an offence under this act) and 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
According to the FIR registered on a complaint of a Rangers superintendent, Dr Hussain confessed before a joint investigation team to have provided treatment to wounded MQM terrorists and gangsters of Lyari at his hospital and harboured them after MQM and PPP leaders had allegedly asked him to do so.
The Rangers counsel, Rana Khalid, vehemently opposed the bail application.
He said that the present investigation officer of the case was biased as he removed some documents from the prosecution data.
Moreover, he said that Dr Asim was being given ‘best’ medical aid and was allowed to meet anyone he wanted to in the custody.
The order on the bail application of Dr Asim was reserved by the judge till the next hearing on June 18.