An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for five absconders in a terror case registered against former federal minister and PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain.
The court ordered Investigating Officer (IO) Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Altaf Hussain to arrest and produce the absconders ─ Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Waseem Akhtar, Anis Qaimkhani, Saleem Shahzad; PPP’s Qadir Patel and Pasban leader Usman Moazzam ─ before the court on 8th of January.
MQM’s Rauf Siddiqui who was also named an absconder in the investigation report was on pre-arrest bail. Dr Asim was arrested for allegedly treating and harbouring terrorists, gangsters and activists of banned militant outfits at the North Nazimabad and Clifton branches of his hospital at the behest of political leaders.
Police in its remand paper had stated that IO Rana Zulfiqar had questioned Dr Asim, who confessed to providing treatment to alleged terrorists of the MQM and gangsters of Lyari at his hospital and harboured them after MQM leaders Waseem Akhtar, Rauf Siddiqui, Anis Qaimkhani, Saleem Shahzad and Qadir Patel of the PPP had allegedly asked him to do so.
The court on Wednesday also expressed displeasure over provision of incomplete prosecution documentation by IO DSP Altaf Hussain to Dr Asim and directed him IO to produce all prosecution documentation along with a list of documents before the ATC in the next hearing.
The court, in a hearing earlier this month, had ordered that copies of all prosecution documents, including statements of witnesses, be handed over to Dr Hussain in compliance with Section 265-C of the Criminal Procedure Code by December 30.
It is pertinent to mention that Dr Asim Hussain has been on physical remand with the National Accountability Bureau and will be produced before the court on January 5. The arrest of Dr Hussain, chairman of the Sindh Higher Education Commission, came on Aug 26 and was described as the first major action against PPP leaders during the ongoing Karachi operation.
Following the end of his 90-day preventive detention with Rangers, police sought multiple extensions in his remand for further questioning and collection of evidence in a case relating to treatment and sheltering of terrorists.
After police released him on December 11, he was arrested by the NAB from court’s premises and an accountability court later remanded him to the anti-graft body’s custody until he was arrested by the police again on Monday.
Want to see if the Court is serious about the order. Waseem Akhtar, the nominated Mayor of this hostage city has already started visiting parts of the city to see cleaning facilities and looking into the problems of the localities. He also has talked of approaching to Supreme Court to get his powers and authority which was hijacked by PPP Administration during the LB elections. Will he be arrested – can he be arrested ?
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