KARACHI/ISLAMABAD:  The NAB has filed an inquiry report in an accountability court against Dr Asim Hussain charging him of causing Rs450 billion to national kitty through corruption, money laundering, illegal allotment of land and grabbing of commission. The accountability court judge inquired from NAB why a reference has not been filed against Dr Hussain despite lapse of so much time following his arrest. The investigation officer said that the NAB should be given three days for filing a supplementary reference.–Agencies

Counsel for Dr Hussain, PPP leader and former petroleum minister, said there was no justification to keep his client in custody if the reference was not filed. However, the judge accepted the NAB plea and sent Dr Asim to jail on NAB remand till March 5, seeking a copy of the reference in the next hearing.

Presenting a letter from the Jinnah Hospital Medical Board in the court, counsel for Asim said that why a surgery of his client was not being allowed to be carried out despite court orders and doctors’ recommendation. The court ordered that medical facilities should be provided to the accused as per the medical board’s report.

On the other hand, Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has summoned Rehman Malik to Dubai to discuss with him the overall political situation of the country.

Sources said that NAB actions and the overall political situation in country, particularly in Sindh, is likely to be discussed during the meeting. Other party matters will also be taken up during the meeting, they added.