Dr Asim’s case

It has been over 6 months since Dr Asim was first detained by the Pakistani Rangers. At this point I most certainly need to mention that Dr Asim is a close confidant/aide of Ex President Zardari, as no print media article is complete without this adjective.

It is surprising to note how the case has evolved from terror financing, to money laundering, to land grabbing, to fraud with public, to corruption in various state institutions. From the list and variety of charges it would seem that Dr Asim has committed an offence in almost everything he may have touched along the way. He is being portrayed as the most corrupt person in Pakistan and the value of his corruption is close to Rs 500 billion, which is about 1/8 of Pakistan entire budget for the last fiscal year. This may be a believable figure for some but a plausible debate should at least be entertained when the fishing exercise is completed.

Take a look at the case of Doctors Without Borders treating known Taliban combatants in Kunduz province in Afghanistan. Should the head of this foreign medical aid organisation also be chraged for doing what the medical profession is meant to do?