Dr Asim’s wife retracts contempt of court plea against Rangers


Chairperson of Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Asim Hussain’s wife on Thursday  retracted her contempt of court plea against Rangers. Dr Zareen Hussain’s counsel maintained that her client has advised him to reverse the plea.


Sindh High Court’s (SHC) division bench comprising of Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Junaid Ghuffar held hearing of the petition. Barrister Abid Zubairi asked the court to discard the plea filed.


The plea was taken back as the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan has ordered Hussain’s thorough medical checkup.


However, earlier the Rangers had not conducted a medical checkup of Asim despite court orders. Barrister Zubairi said that the purpose behind filing the plea has been achieved through the SC.


Earlier, the SC had ordered federal secretary health to form a medical board for checkup of former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain. The board will give a recommendation regarding his transfer to hospital.


Rangers law officer Major Ishfaq had told the court that Hussain was under thorough supervision and his sugar level and blood pressure were being monitored regularly. The counsel for the petitioner requested the court to order checkup of Hussain by an unbiased board. He said that the board put together by the Rangers should not comprise of army medics.


The decision to form a medical board was taken while hearing plea that challenged Hussain’s transfer to Rangers custody from hospital in early October days.

It was argued in the appeal that obtaining medical treatment is a fundamental right of Dr. Asim Hussain under the Constitution of Pakistan.


It is also worth mentioning here that Hussain was shifted to hospital due to heart problem after he was detained by Rangers in alleged corruption case.


Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s close aide, Hussain, was given in Rangers custody for 90 days by a Karachicourt. However, the accused was shifted to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Karachi.