Hearing of militants’ treatment case against Dr Asim Hussain adjourned till Sept 14

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An anti-terrorism court (ATC) adjourned on Saturday the hearing of a case pertaining to medical treatment of some criminals and outlaws against Pakistan People Party (PPP) Karachi President Dr Asim Hussain and others until July 19.

Former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain, PPP leader Abdul Qadir Patel, Pak Sarzameen Party leader Anis Qaimkhani, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Rauf Siddiqui attended the hearing.

Due to the absence of the special public prosecutor G.M. Bhutto, the hearing was adjourned until September 14.

The court questioned the absence of the prosecutor, raising concerns that G.M. Bhutto was appointed special public prosecutor by the Sindh government but does not attend the hearings.

The ATC has written to the Prosecutor General Sindh and the Sindh government in this regard.

The anti-terrorism court also wrote to the Rangers to allow the plaintiff, Sub-inspector Muhammed Inayatullah Durrani to appear before the court.

An application concerning Durrani’s absence stated that he has been deployed at the border. Court discredited the application and demanded that Durrani should have appeared before the court as he is required to record his statement.

Former MQM leader Saleem Shahzad was also among the accused in the case of facilitating terrorists and criminals by providing them medical treatment at two hospitals owned by Dr Asim Hussain.

The anti-terrorism court has notified all the accused persons and lawyers in the case to appear before the next hearing scheduled on September 14.