Dr. Asim allowed admission by JPMC

Special arrangements at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for admitting detained Pakistan People’s Party leader and former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain were finalized on Tuesday, following the recommendation of a five-member medical board comprising senior physicians and psychiatrists.

The board also agreed that Dr Asim, who was a diabetic and also had hypertension, suffered from mental stress and his overall state of health required his admission into a health facility for continuous surveillance and monitoring of his health and mental condition.

The medical board recommended that Dr Asim be shifted to a hospital for surveillance and further medical examination, because he was suffering from stress and required continuous medical attention, Executive director JPMC Dr Anisuddin  Bhatti had told newsmen.

The former federal minister was also examined by psychiatrist Dr S Haroon Ahmed, who had recommended psychotherapy for him due to incredible stress and depression he had been facing since his detention.

It was set up by the JPMC’s executive director Dr Anisuddin Bhatti and comprised senior psychiatrist Dr S Haroon Ahmed, radiologist Dr Tariq Mehmood, neurologist Dr Iqbal Afridi, Dr Rukhsana Sattar and JPMC’s legal officer Irfan Ahmed.

The National Accountability Bureau on Tuesday submitted the report of an examination of Dr Asim Hussain by renowned psychiatrist Prof Dr Syed Haroon Ahmed in court.

On the previous hearing, the court had directed the NAB to get Dr Asim examined by Dr Ahmed and sought a report.

It recommended that in order to retrieve him from what it called such a traumatic environment he may be moved to a less threatening environment like a hospital and provide intensive psychotherapy.

The court also directed the NAB to conduct the MRI of the suspect, produce its report before the psychiatrist concerned and provide treatment according to his advice.

The National Accountability Bureau told an accountability court on Tuesday that former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain allegedly confessed to his ‘role’ in a Karachi Stock Exchange crash and named veteran stockbroker Jahangir Siddiqui and former privatization minister Syed Naveed Qamar for illegal approval of a right issue through the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

The court was informed that Dr Asim disclosed that he was privy to the effect that Jahangir Siddiqui, through one ex-DIG Malkani, approached ex-minister Qamar for approval of right issue through the SECP, which was ultimately done in favor of Jahangir Siddiqui through SECP illegally which resulted into severe loss to KSE.