Dr. Asim Hussain suffers heart attack, admitted in hospital

KARACHI: Former federal minister and close aide to former president Asif Ali Zardari, Dr Asim Hussain, was admitted to a private hospital for treatment after complaining of heart problems on Tuesday.

Sindh’s Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Senior Minister for Information Nisar Ahmed Khuhro visited Dr Asim in the cardiovascular unit, said the CM’s spokesman.

Qaim Ali Shah ordered the director of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases to provide complete medical help to Dr Asim Hussain.

The condition of the PPP leader was not stable at the time of his arrival at the hospital, however, he is now recuperating fast.

Doctors said Dr. Hussain was suffering from heart depression for some time.

Dr Asim was remanded for 90 days to Rangers custody in August after the paramilitary force had contended that they had credible information regarding the PPP leader’s involvement in terrorism related activities as well as embezzlement of funds.

Last week, a two-member bench of the Sindh High Court issued a notice to the sector commander of the Ghazi Rangers in a contempt of court application filed by the wife of Dr Asim Hussain for disobeying the court’s order.

Dr Zarina Hussain in her application said that the court had directed the Rangers authorities to get his medical tests conducted in the presence of his wife and daughter.

However, she said, neither she was being allowed to visit her ailing husband, nor was he being provided proper medical treatment in custody.

Earlier, the bench had rejected her plea for shifting Dr Hussain to a hospital for treatment after a law officer of the paramilitary force stated that the detainee was being provided all necessary medical care in custody.

She said that her husband was suffering from serious ailments such as diabetes and hypertension and needed medical attention, so he should be admitted in a hospital.
Dr Asim’s arrest came in what has been described as the first major action against the Pakistan Peoples Party leadership during the ongoing Karachi operation.

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