Patel accuses Dr Asim of entrapping him in ATC case

Px18-044 KARACHI: Apr18 - Dr Asim and Abdul Qadir Patel exchange views during their hearing at Anti Terrorist Court. ONLINE PHOTO by Syed Asif Ali

All is not well between Pakistan People’s Party leaders Dr Asim Hussain and Abdul Qadir Patel, it was revealed on Monday.

The two leaders are under trial for allegedly facilitating medical-check up of terrorists. At the sidelines of the anti-terrorism court hearing, the former PPP Karachi chief complained to Dr Asim that he deliberately trapped him in the case. “What harm had I done to you? Why did you name me in the case,” Patel said, according to sources.

To this, Dr Asim offered to take oath on the Holy Quran to plead his innocence. “I did not name you. I am ready to take oath on the Quran,” he said.

Qadir Patel told Asim that he did not believe his words and said that Asim had designed a ploy against him.

Dr Asim insisted that he was innocent. “If I am proven wrong, punish me as you will,” he said.

The former petroleum minister has been under trial for corruption and facilitating the treatment of terrorists at his private hospital. Dr Asim had nominated Patel as one of the leaders in the PPP who assisted terrorists.

Earlier Patel was grilled at the Rangers headquarter for over five hours. Officers of the paramilitary asked him about his links to the Lyari gangs and involvement in Dr Asim’s case.

In the last hearing held at the ATC, Patel had said that he had never met Dr Asim in his life. I have never called Dr Asim Hussain in my life, and the statements acquired from Dr Asim have no legal standing, he had said.