Pakistan

KARACHI (Staff Report) – Pakistan People’s Party senior leader Dr Asim Hussain and five others have been indicted in a corruption case at Karachi’s Anti-Corruption Court, where the accused categorically denied the charges leveled against them.

According to the contents of charge-sheet, Dr Asim has been accused of causing a loss of Rs462 billion to the public exchequer while he was servings as federal Minister for Petroleum in PPP government.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has alleged that Hussain abused his position as petroleum minister to grant tenders to his favored bidders, which cause serious harm to public money.

He has also been charged for misinforming the Council of Common Interests (CCI) on matters related to natural gas. He was also allegedly involved in creating an artificial shortage of natural gas during the PPP government.

Dr Asim Hussain also used unfair means to obtain land from Karachi Development Authority for his Ziaduddin Trust Hospital in Karachi, NAB officials alleged in the charge-sheet submitted against him.

During proceeding at the court, Hussain requested the judge to also include his denial in the charge-sheet, which was accepted by the Anti-Corruption Court.

The case has been adjourned till next hearing on May 16.