Dr Asim to be released today!

Dr Asim, former petroleum minister and PPP’s leader is likely to be released today after 19 months on Thursday.

The Sindh High Court on Wednesday approved the bail plea of Dr Asim Hussain, against surety bonds of Rs500,000, in two corruption references filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau.

SHC’s refree judge approved his bail on medical grounds and ordered him to submit his Pakistani and Canadian passports.His counsel, Anwar Mansoor Khan, had informed the judges that his client’s health condition was worsening and he required complete rest and medical treatment. Dr Asim is currently undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Cardiovascular diseases.

According to Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) on Wednesday, accused that the Prime Minister had struck a deal with the PPP, after which “corrupt politicians had returned to Pakistan, and others had been given bail. Imran was referring to model Ayyan Ali, former Information Minister Sindh Sharjeel Memon and former Petroleum Minister Dr Asim, all of whom have been given bails despite corruption charges of hefty amounts on them.

Dr Asim was a close aide of former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, faces several charges including corruption references filed by NAB of Rs 479 billion. He is also alleged to have provided treatment and protection to terrorists at a hospital owned by him.

According to Mr Zardari in an interview, Zardari had said Dr Asim was his childhood friend and family doctor and incapable of committing corruption and providing medical help to terrorists.