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Dr Asim, four others indicted in militants' treatment case

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday indicted former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain in a case relating to the alleged treatment of terrorists at his hospital.

The court also charged in the same case Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) legislator and Karachi president Abdul Qadir Patel, Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar, President of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Anis Qaimkhani and Pasban leader Usman Moazzam.

Dr Asim, a close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari, was booked on a complaint of Rangers for allegedly treating and harbouring suspected terrorists, militants and gangsters at the North Nazimabad and Clifton branches of his hospital at the behest of some Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Pakistan Peoples Party leaders.

The remaining four suspects of four different parties had allegedly asked Dr Asim to provide medical treatment to “political militants”, Lyari gangsters as well as activists of banned militant outfits after they sustained wounds in shootouts with police and Rangers.

The prosecution, opting to contest the case, has been ordered to present its witnesses on Nov 16.

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