Rangers influencing probe, halting Dr Asim’s treatment, claims counsel



The paramilitary Rangers has completely failed to prove anything against Dr Asim Hussain, former petroleum minister and a close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari, said his counsel Anwar Mansoor Khan on Monday.

“The Rangers are the complainant in the ongoing case against Dr Asim in the anti-terrorism court for alleged treatment of terrorists in Ziauddin Hospital,” he said.

The counsel further said that the interference of the Rangers in the investigation during treatment of Dr Asim was illegal. “On Friday night, four Rangers personnel created a hostile environment that disturbed Dr Asim. He has been unable to sleep for the past two nights,” he added.

Khan said that the Rangers had totally failed to prove anything against Dr Asim before the court and public, and now the law-enforcing agency had resorted to unlawful tactics such as media trial. “They are leaking sensitive information to the media which could be harmful and threatening for his life,” he added.

The counsel further said that Rangers personnel unlawfully took video shots of Dr Asim’s room and all his medications, infringing upon his privacy. “They (Rangers personnel) asked about the visitors and their association with Dr Asim, and later leaked the video to some TV channels,” he added.

“Leaking such an information is a major threat to my client’s well-being, his privacy, which is his fundamental right; let alone the manner in which they released it to the media claiming, Dr Asim is in such a ‘comfortable’ situation,” the counsel said.

He said that probably the Rangers were still unhappy that they could not continue the inhumane treatment they had put his client through during his 93-day detention.

“The doctors had already warned that any harsh or threatening environment will be a devastating factor in the treatment of the patient. Dr Asim is already emotionally disturbed and peaceful environment is very important for his treatment,” Khan added.

“No law-enforcing agency or governmental body can harass or intimidate any person at any time, especially during his treatment,” the advocate said.