Dr. Asim Hussain, former Minister for Petroleum, and a close ally of Pakistan’s former President and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari confessed to all charges against him on Monday. Dr. Asim Hussain was presented before a judicial magistrate in Karachi where he had his confession recorded. The court provided an opportunity to Dr. Asim to rethink or even revise his statement, but he stuck to his original statement. He said that there was absolutely no pressure on him for the confession, and he was doing so of his own guilty conscience. Based on several reports, Dr. Asim Hussain mentioned Wasim Akhtar, and Qadir Patel along with several other political leaders in his confession. Based on the acceptance of all charges against him, experts point out that he could be awarded a life in prison.
After Dr. Asim Hussain’s statement, it was sealed and forwarded to the respective ATC (anti-terrorism court) judge which was later handed over to the rangers. ATC extended the physical remand of Dr. Asim Hussain for seven days during which time National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will investigate corruption charges against him.
Deputy Managing Director of Ziaudding Hospital Dr. Yousuf Sattar, a close friend of Dr. Asim Hussain’s, confirmed that militants belonging to certain political parties were treated at the hospital on Dr. Hussain’s orders. His statement noted some political leaders calling Dr. Asim Hussain and asking him to treat workers injured in clashes with law enforcement agencies. “Some political militants were also provided a hiding place in the hospital,” he admitted. Dr. Sattar’s statement was recorded as part of the ongoing investigation against Dr. Asim Hussain.
Charges Against Dr. Asim Hussain
Following is a brief overview of charges against Dr. Asim Hussain:
- Misuse of Authority,
- Embezzlement to the tune of billions,
- Aiding and abetting terrorists and militants,
- Financing and funding target killers,
- Illegal land allotments,
- Land grabbing, and
- Corruption in Sui Southern Gas Company, Pakistan State Oil.
When these cases were first presented against Dr. Asim Hussain, PPP was reached for a comment. The party leadership stated that nothing had been proved against Dr. Hussain and that it was an attempt by the ruling party to victimize PPP. It turns out however, that there was nothing to be proven after all, since Dr. Asim Hussain has now taken responsibility for everything, and confirmed all allegations against him to be true.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.