On Monday Anti-Terrorism Courts (ATCs) rejected the police investigation report that cleared Dr. Asim Hussain of all charges. The decision came from the administrative judge of the ATCs, Justice Naimutallah Phulpoto. Police investigation reports acquitted Dr. Asim Hussain of all terror charges upon which the suspect was to be presented before ATCs for further proceedings on the case. It would appear, that Dr. Asim Hussain is not innocent of his crimes after all. He was previously under the custody of NAB, and has now been handed over to the police.
The police was unable to find any evidence to suggest involvement of Dr. Asim Hussain in any terror-related activity. The final report from the police was first sent to the concerned SSP for approval, followed by DIG and last by the police’s legal team. Police also informed the courts that under Section 497(II) of the Criminal Procedure Code, no evidence was found against the accused and therefore was approved for a release. On the other hand, a Rangers’ prosecutor maintained that Dr. Asim Hussain was guilty and that Dr. Yousuf Sattar’s (Managing Director of Ziauddin Hopsitals) testimony was enough to convict him. The prosecutors even said that the police investigation officer did not consult the Rangers on the matter. Upon opposition to the investigation report by the Rangers, the court has now ordered an explanation as to why the police was unable to provide any substantial evidence. The court gave 10 days to produce the said explanation. Dr. Asim Hussain, regarding his case said,
My life is under threat. I have been humiliated by the press, by electronic media. And I am the son of those who played a vital role in the creation of Pakistan.
Dr. Asim Hussain was arrested on the 26th August. He was the Chairman of Sindh Higher Education Commission and was considered as action against the leaders of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) as part of the ongoing Karachi Operation. At this stage, it is unlikely that Dr. Asim will be acquitted anytime soon.
*More as the story develops.