Cor­rup­tion case hear­ing against Dr Asim ad­journed un­til 13th

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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.

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