Corruption case hearing against Dr Asim adjourned until 13th
KARACHI—Accountability court adjourned hearing of case regarding Rs 17 billion embezzlement against former federal petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain until May 13 on Saturday.
Dr Asim, Yousaf Ansari, Basharat Mirza, Naveed Mukhtar and others accused in the case appeared for the hearing.
Counsel for the defendant maintained that the reference was bogus and Dr Asim should not be indicted. National Accountability Bureau’s prosecutor said that the defense should approach high court if they were not satisfied with the proceedings. However, the court stated that prosecution would not discuss during the trial, the documents that were not filed. Judge further directed the accountability bureau to provide counselor today.
Counsel for accused Azhar Siddique requested the court to take into consideration the verdict of Islamabad High Court. The case was based on lies and dishonesty, he said.
On Friday, Dr Asim was indicted in another corruption reference against him. Case regarding Rs 462 billion corruption was heard by an accountability court which indicted the ex-federal minister.