Dr Asim moves SC for removal of travel restrictions

 
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ISLAMABAD, Jun 19 (TNS): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Karachipresident Dr Asim Hussain on Monday approached the Supreme Court seeking removal of restrictions on his travel abroad.

Dr Asim, a close aide of former President Asif Ali Zardari, petitioned the apex court through his counsel requesting it to issue directives for the concerned authorities to strike his name off the Exit Control List (ECL).

Barrister Sardar Latif Khosa, the petitioner’s counsel, submitted that his client was suffering from various chronic diseases which may cost him dearly if he wasn’t allowed to undergo medical treatment abroad.

 Citing the federal government, interior ministry and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the petitioner has pleaded to the court to order removal of his name from the ECL so that he could travel toLondon for treatment.

 Earlier on June 5, the Sindh High Court (SHC) had turned down his plea for permission to have treatment abroad, ruling that the diseases Dr Asim was suffering from were curable in Pakistan.

 The PPP leader has been facing corruption charges for allegedly depriving the public exchequer of Rs 462 billion by misusing his authority to get land allotted illegally, encroaching upon the state land for expansion of Dr Ziauddin Hospital, money laundering and receiving kickbacks.

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