KARACHI - Senior Pakistan People’s Party leader and former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain was given into the custody of Rangers after he was discharged from the hospital.

The former petroleum federal minister, currently holding the charge of Sindh Higher Education Commission chairperson, was admitted to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) in Karachi a week back after he complained of chest pain. His condition deteriorated on September 22. A medical board declared that Dr Asim Hussain was not suffering from any heart-related disease and that he could be discharged from the hospital. “Dr Hussain’s health condition is gradually improving,” a medical report said, adding he had no major health problem. He was discharged from the hospital on Sunday night. Dr Hussain was arrested on August 26 when personnel in plain clothes raided the Sindh Higher Education Commission office located at Clifton locality. A day after his arrest, the Rangers produced him before an anti-terrorism court and got his 90-day preventive custody under Section 11EEEE of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. He was arrested on the charges of corruption, abuse of powers and facilitation of terrorists.

Dr Hussain is currently under a 90-day physical remand and is facing investigation into corruption charges relating to the affairs of Pakistan Medical Dental Council (PMDC), Sui Southern Gas Company Limited, Karachi Electricity Supply Company and illegal land allotments.