Karachi ATC rejects bail pleas of Waseem Akhtar, other accused in Dr Asim case

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KARACHI – Anti-terrorism court has rejected bail pleas of mayor-designate Waseem Akhtar and Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Rauf Siddique in case that holds them accused of facilitating terrorism, reported Wednesday.

Counsel of Pak Sarzameen Party’s Qaimkhani, M Ilyas Khan filed a plea in the Sindh High Court before ATC rejected detainees’ pleas. Qaimkhani stated that he has nothing to do with arrested former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain’s case and should be granted bail.

Qaimkhani avoided filing any plea in the anti-terrorism court ever since he was detained on Tuesday. His counsel that stated that he would approach the high court.

Pakistan People’s Party’s Abdul Qadir Patel also got his plea rejected by ATC but is yet to approach the high court in the matter.

All three of them were present in the courtroom yesterday in the afternoon when court did not grant them extensions in interim bails in a case against alleged facilitation of terrorists by Dr Asim Hussain.

Qaimkhani, Siddique and Akhtar were taken into custody from the courtroom while Patel left the premises in his vehicle only to surrender himself at Boat Basin Police Station later on.

Home Minister, PPP’s Suhail Anwar Siyal ordered arrest of Patel for which a team was formed that raided his office and residence in Defence Housing Authority.

The three were involved in the terror case after Dr Asim Hussain told the investigation team that he had treated terrorists and criminals associated with different political parties at his hospital called Ziauddin Hospital on their requests.

Qaimkhani, a renegade now, was then deputy convener of Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

Dr Asim Hussain, a PPP leader was arrested last year by Rangers and a case was registered against him in North Nazimabad Police Station after 90 days of remand.

The case charges Dr Hussain of providing shelter to terrorists in name of medical treatment.

2016-07-20

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