Dr Asim detained by security personnel
Former federal minister and chairman of the provincial Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Asim Hussain was reportedly detained by plain-clothed men allegedly belonging to an intelligence agency Wednesday.
HEC sources said that some 15 plain-clothed personnel arrived at the HEC office in three to four vehicles. Dr Asim Hussain was chairing a meeting of the search committee for vice chancellors which was also attended by other high-ranking officials of the HEC. The meeting's objective was to select a new vice chancellor of the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) and it was taking place at the Karachi office of the HEC when the raid took place.
Personnel of the raiding team asked the attendees of the meeting to switch off their mobile phones following which the Sindh HEC chairman was whisked away to an undisclosed location.
According to NAB sources, the former adviser to the Ministry of Petroleum was in the custody of the anti-corruption watchdog and that he might be shifted to Islamabad in the custody of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The sources added that NAB officials also conducted a raid on Karachi's Civic Centre to seize records pertaining to the allotment of land in the name of Dr Asim Hussain.