Asim’s departure for London sans permission irks judge

KARACHI: An accountability court on Tuesday expressed displeasure over Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Karachi president Dr Asim Hussain's going abroad for treatment without seeking its permission.
Dr Asim, who is also a close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari, flown to London on Sunday to undergo disc replacement surgery there.
During the hearing, the judge seized with the hearing of Rs 462 billion corruption reference against the PPP leader became visibly irked when he was informed that the suspect had left the country.
How could a suspect leave the country before seeking no-objection certificate from the court, he questioned and sent reference against the suspect to the Supreme Court and Sindh High Court in this regard. Former Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain left for London via an international flight on Sunday to undergo medical treatment.
Suffering setbacks time and again, Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) Karachi president Dr Asim Hussain's name was finally removed from the Exit Control List (ECL) after Supreme Court on August 29 granted him permission to travel abroad for a month to undergo medical treatment while hearing his plea.
Asim's name had been on the ECL since November 2015 for facing corruption references filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).-NNI