Published On: Mon, Sep 11th, 2017
Published in Category: Karachi

I will be back, says Dr Asim before leaving for London

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Karachi: Former petroleum minister, Dr. Asim Hussain has said, “Pakistan is my home and I will return shortly”.

Talking to media before his departure for London from Jinnah International Airport on Sunday, Dr Asim said Pakistan is his home and he will return shortly.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader, who is out on bail in two cases of corruption and one of terrorists’ facilitation, recently managed to get his name struck off the Exit Control List (ECL).

Dr Asim, a close aide of Asif Ali Zardari, had approached the Supreme Court to be allowed to travel abroad for medical treatment. Dr Asim was expected to proceed to London via Dubai in an Emirates flight.

On August 29, the Supreme Court ordered the relevant authorities to remove Dr Asim’s name from the ECL, overturning an earlier Sindh High Court ruling. His name was placed on the ECL in November 2015.

Asim has been allowed to leave for abroad for one month for medical treatment and had to submit a surety of Rs6 million.

Dr Asim faces trial in two cases of alleged corruption of over Rs450 billion and another of allegedly facilitating and treating terrorists at his medical facility, Dr. Ziauddin Hospital.


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