Notice issued against framing of charge



By Nasir Mahmood

KARACHI: Former petroleum minister and leader of PPP, Dr Asim Hussain has deplored the running of medical colleges in dilapidated condition, and favored closure of such colleges permanently.

“During PPP government we had recommended the closure of certain medical colleges for their bad state. We need to facilitate all medical institutions in the country with best equipment” said Dr Asim talking to journalists outside Supreme Court Karachi Registry yesterday which heard medical colleges case.

He said that taking cognizance of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council affairs by apex court is a good omen. He has always cooperated with the courts.

To another question he urged to punish the culprits responsible for assault on female students at Karachi University. He added that he is in favor of strong administration and accountability for all. There must be accountability of Nawaz Sharif and others. They had victimised and arrested me illegally, Dr Asim said.

On the other hand the accountability court IV had also fixed the hearing of two NAB references yesterday against Dr Asim Hussain and others. In reference No. 13/2016 the prosecution witness Asad Ali and NAB Investigation Officer did not appear for cross examination by defence counsel of Dr Asim. The hearing is now fixed for 26th March.

In the NAB reference No. 19/2016 of JJVL case Muhammad Azhar Siddique advocate for another accused Basharat A. Mirza submitted application under section 227 read with section(s) 221 & 222 of the code of criminal procedure and requested that the Charge framed by the Court on February 26, 2018 may graciously be recalled/ amended or reframed by considering the points in the interest of justice, equity and fair play in order to enforce Article 10-A read with 4&5 of the Constitution and the judgments passed by the superior courts of Pakistan while deciding such applications.

The court issued notices for 24th of March.