THREE hundred and sixty-five days of detention without any concrete evidence are not easy to cope, but with the blessings of Allah Almighty I have faced it with bravery and courage. The story began on August 26, 2015, on a bright sunshine day in Karachi, but the darkest day of my life was when I was picked up at 10am without any warrant.
My wife is a cancer patient, my mother is 90 years old and I have to look after them. My hospitals have been raided, staff harassed, bank pressured for closing banking lines and the auditors blackmailed. As a patriot I served the country and did not go abroad like other doctors.
I proudly served Pakistan Army; I worked with the Sindh government for 10 years, and established state-of-the-art hospitals and a university, dedicated to my grandfather late Dr Sir Ziauddin Ahmed, Ex Vice-Chancellor Aligarh Muslim University who dedicated his life for the cause of Muslims of the subcontinent.
I am a recipient of Sitara-i-Hilal and Sitara-i-Imtiaz, due to my outstanding humanitarian services for the nation. My services are well-known in the field of health and education not only nationally but also on the international front.
I am the first politician to be behind the bars in a current democratic set-up. This seems to be an act of victimisation and personal vendetta.
I have respect for state institutions and will defend my case and I will be victorious because I have not done anything wrong whatsoever. I will stand by my principles and as a reverence to the people of Pakistan.
May Allah Almighty bless us all. Pakistan Zindabad, Patriotism Paindabad.
Dr Asim Hussain
Former Minister for Petroleum and National Resources,
Chairman, Sindh Higher Education Commission
Released by Amir Shahzad,
Spokesperson for Dr Asim
Published in Dawn, August 24th, 2016