SHC rejects Dr Asim’s acquittal plea, refers case to ATC

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday turned down former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain’s plea seeking acquittal and referred the case back to the Anti-Terrorism Court, ARY News reported.

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According to details, the SHC maintained clauses of Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) in the case against Dr Asim Hussain.

The court could not be satisfied despite all efforts made by the Sindh government and Hussain will again have to go to the ATC to face charges against him.

Hearing the case, the SHC expressed dissatisfaction over the report submitted by investigation officer DSP Altaf Hussain, declaring Hussain ‘innocent’ and Dr Yousuf Sattar’s statement ‘suspicious’.

After a change of investigation officer in the case, prosecution and Dr Hussain’s lawyers also exchanged heated words.

The counsel of Pakistan Rangers Sindh also raised the question, “How did the investigation officer omit terrorism clauses?” calling for the case to be run in the ATC.

The SHC, after listening to the arguments, turned down Dr Asim’s plea seeking acquittal and referred the case to the ATC.

Dr Hussain is accused of facilitating terrorists’ treatment at his hospital and sheltering them.

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