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Dr Asim case: Rangers present terrorists’ treatment bills in court

KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers Sindh on Monday submitted copies of bills pertaining to terrorists’ treatment at a clinic privately-run by former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain with the accountability court, ARY News reported.

The Rangers’ lawyer requested the court to remove investigating officer (IO) Altaf Hussain from the case after he has been proven guilty of concealing documents showing treatment of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists suspected of terrorism.

Meanwhile, Dr Hussain today was seen climbing stairs with the help of a duty cop, as he arrived at the court.

In his informal interaction with newsmen, Dr Asim said the allegations leveled against him were baseless. You know why have I been imprisoned, he added.

According to the prosecution, Dr Asim had misused his authority as a federal minister, in collusion with other accused, illegally curtailed gas to the agriculture sector to benefit a particular group associated with the fertilizer industry.

In February, the accountability court hearing a corruption case against Dr Asim had sent him to prison while seeking the investigation report. Apart from terrorists’ facilitation charges, Hussain is also facing an inquiry over alleged embezzlement in public funds.

On November 30, NAB had sought permission from the anti-terrorism court, where cases against Dr Asim were being heard, to question the former petroleum minister in connection with graft references.

Dr Asim was first arrested on August 26, 2015 on corruption charges and facilitation of terrorists.

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