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Dr. Asim forced to confess against Owais Muzaffar, lawyer claims


KARACHI: Anwar Mansoor khan a lawayer of former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain claimed on Thursday that his client’s confessional video statement against Owais Muzaffar alias Tappi was obtained by force and after that it was broadcast on TV channels.

In a press conference in his office, the lawyer Anwar Mansoor Khan said statement was taken under pressure and even Asim Hussain does not remember giving any statement.

He said that was made at the time my client was in Rangers custody.

“Dr Asim had informed me that he was being forced to give statements and this video statement might have been released to put pressure on judges,” said Khan.

In the video statement Dr Asim hurled startling allegations at former president Asif Ali Zardari’s close friend Owais Muzaffar alias Tappi on Wednesday.

Dr Hussain had said that former Sindh minister Owais Muzaffar was the ‘working’ chief minister of Sindh during the second term of the Pakistan Peoples Party and was involved in doing all sorts of corruption.

“Once a doctor told me that a Rs600 vaccine was bought for Rs1,000 but it was later sold in a market in Multan. When I investigated the case I found the allegations to be true. I complained about this to Zardari and asked him to stop Owais Muzaffar from playing with people’s lives, after which Owais hurled threats at me,” Dr Hussain said in the video statement.

Dr Hussain, a close aide of former president Zardari, was arrested by Sindh Rangers from the office of the Higher Education Commission in Clifton on August 26 last year.

A joint investigation team is investigating Dr Hussain’s alleged corruption and his role in terror financing.

The National Accountability Bureau is also investigating three new corruption cases against Dr Hussain.

The cases include illegal affiliation of medical colleges with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, issuance of licences for dozens of compressed natural gas stations and other corrupt practices.