Move termed LEAs’ monstrous notoriety

PPP condemns airing of Dr Asim’s video 

dr-asimISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party has strongly condemned the showing on a private TV channel a video purported to be the confessional statement of Dr Asim, former Minister under the PPP government. In a footage Dr Asim Hussam was seen sitting on a chair and maligning the Party leadership. “This is a monstrous notoriety and monumental arrogance of the law enforcing agency which held Dr Asim Hussain in custody and is condemned in the strongest terms”, a PPP spokesperson said in a statement. He said that the video confirmed the apprehensions that Dr Asim was brutally tortured to extract from him so called confessional statements. Indeed the mother of Dr Asim had filed a petition in the SHC fearing the torture of her son for extracting so called confessional statements from him to paint black the party leadership, he said adding ‘her worst fears have come true’. He said that Dr Asim was first held in custody of the law enforcing agency accusing him of terrorism under anti-terror laws. But when the agency realized that it had no case to prove in a court of law it changed the track and brought corruption charges against him even though there existed separate legal mechanisms for addressing corruption charges. Clearly the Rangers who held Dr Asim in custody is responsible for torturing him and the surfacing of this video, he said. . It may be mentioned here that Dr Asim’s counsel Anwar Mansoor Advocate had earlier said that his client’s statement was taken during the period of Rangers custody a day earlier to his hospitalization with kidney failure. –PPI