Dr Asim was not 'drugged' during confession: Rangers

11:19 AM | 5 Aug, 2017
Dr Asim was not 'drugged' during confession: Rangers
KARACHI - The Pakistan Rangers, Sindh has rejected the claims made by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Dr Asim Hussain stating he was drugged while making his ‘confession’ in 2015.

The paramilitary force, in a statement termed Dr Asim’s statement a baseless allegation and said the accused did not make any such claims while before court or after his bail.

Dr. Asim during his appearance on Geo News on Friday contended that he was drugged heavily when he recorded his confessional statement.

"I still don’t remember what I said to them. I was heavily drugged when I was kept in solitary confinement," said Dr Asim.

He maintained that he had gone through serious mental torture that has left long-lasting effects on his mind.

Dr Asim said that he has requested courts to allow him to travel abroad for his back surgery.

"NAB (National Accountability Court) is not allowing me [to leave the country] for they think I will not return. It is wrong. My family, businesses are all here, What will I do? I have even said that if I don’t return, the government can take over possession of my hospitals."

He said that during investigations, the primary questions asked to him were about financial matters of PPP chief Asif Ali Zardari.

The former petroleum minister maintained that cases against him were "completely baseless, scandalous and false", and that he was willing to face charges.

Dr Asim — a former minister and close confidante of former president Asif Ali Zardari — faces trial in two cases of alleged corruption of over Rs450 billion and another of allegedly facilitating and treating terrorists at his medical facility — Dr Ziauddin Hospital.

He was released from the sub-jail at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi on March 31 this year after obtaining bail in all the cases lodged against him.

He was initially arrested by the Rangers in August 2015 and detained for around 90 days. He was later transferred into police custody.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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