Will return shortly, says Dr Asim before leaving for London | Pakistan Today

Will return shortly, says Dr Asim before leaving for London

KARACHI: Close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari and former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain left for London from Jinnah International Airport on Sunday.

Speaking to a private TV channel before his departure, Dr Asim said Pakistan is his home and he will return shortly.

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

Dr Asim had approached the Supreme Court to be allowed to travel abroad for medical treatment.

According to a report, Dr Asim, was present in the departure lounge and was accompanied by his mother, daughter and son-in-law. However, it is unsure if any family members travelled with him.

Dr Asim was expected to proceed to London via Dubai in an Emirates flight.

On August 29, The Supreme Court (SC) directed the authorities concerned to remove Dr Asim Hussain’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) so that he can travel abroad for a month to get medical treatment.

In March, the SHC had granted bail to Asim in two corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and on the same day, an anti-terrorism court issued a release order for the former federal minister in a case relating to the alleged treatment of terrorists at Ziauddin Hospital, where he served as the deputy managing director.

Besides the allegation of providing medical treatment to terrorists, NAB had also been pursuing Dr Hussain on charges that the former petroleum minister deprived the state exchequer of Rs 462.5 billion between 2010 and 2013 — Rs 450 billion through a fertilizer scam, Rs 9.5 billion through land fraud, and Rs 3 billion through money laundering.

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