Wit­nesses’ state­ments

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI— For­mer pe­tro­leum min­is­ter, Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party’s ( PPP) Dr. Asim Hus­sain has al­leged that not a sin­gle state­ment of any wit­ness in a cor­rup­tion ref­er­ence against him bears date as they were recorded be­fore the in­ves­ti­ga­tions be­gan. The for­mer min­is­ter talked to the me­dia be­fore ac­count­abil­ity court’s hear­ing in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal on Fri­day. Dr Hus­sain termed the fil­ing of dif­fer­ent cor­rup­tion and ter­ror cases against him a ‘ me­dia trail’ and de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. “I say un­der oath, I did not meet Faryal Talpur,” said the ac­cused. The al­leged ter­ror fa­cil­i­ta­tor said that all the cases against him are bo­gus. No in­quiries were con­ducted in the cases that he is fac­ing, he added. Dr Hus­sain claimed that none of the 22 wit­nesses’ state­ments bear date of record­ing. He fur­ther said that he had vis­ited United Arab Emi­rates ( UAE) em­bassy with per­mis­sion of the court. He has legally trans­ferred the au­thor­ity to his son to run a hos­pi­tal that the fam­ily owns in Dubai.— SABAH

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