Notices issued to IG, Rangers DG in plea filed by Dr Asim’s mother

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The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday once again issued notices to the Rangers director general (DG), inspector general (IG) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the plea filed by Dr Asim’s mother.

A two-member bench headed by Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh was hearing the case during which the judge decided to issue notices to DG Rangers, IG Sindh and NAB officials for December 15 in Dr Asim’s case.

The claimant Aijaz Fatima requested the court to prevent the Rangers and other departments from exerting pressure on the investigation officer while giving opportunity to the police to freely interrogate the case. She alleged that the Rangers and other departments were building pressure on the investigation officer.

The IO claimed that former petroleum minister Dr Asim confessed to terrorism and corruption-related accusations against him.

Earlier, Dr Asim was presented in the SHC by police where he met his daughter who was there to submit her affidavit saying that her father’s life was in danger. The IO requested the court for another five days remand of Dr Asim in order to continue investigation.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials were also present in the court for seeking the custody of Dr Asim. They submitted the petition for his custody accusing him of corruption.

Dr Asim’s lawyer Amir Raza said his client had been in the police custody for 90 days and giving remand of another 90 days was against the law. He said the NAB had not submitted any proof against Dr Asim with the petition, so according to NAB’s section 24, Dr Asim could not be given in NAB custody without any solid proof against him.

Asim is accused of providing shelter and treatment to target killers and terrorists in Ziauddin Hospital that he owns. After the 90-day remand expired, a case was launched against him with North Nazimabad Police Station. The case involves terrorism sections. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) members have also been nominated in the case.