Pakistan-born British national Sajid Bashir has denied reports circulated by various news outlets that Asif Ali Zardari’s aide Dr Asim Hussain, who is being investigated on allegations of corruption, and Lyari-gangster Uzair Baloch purchased property in London worth billions of rupees under fake names through him.
In a statement on Saturday, Bashir termed all such reports baseless and said that he never acted as a ‘front man’ for anyone nor purchased any property in any area or location in London. He added that all such reports published about him were fabricated and had no truth in them.
Bashir’s statement came after investigation agencies had started taking practical steps to have him arrested in London and extradited to Pakistan.
Rangers had arrested Dr Asim – a close aide to Asif Ali Zardari – on August 26, 2015 and took him into 90-day custody. He was later handed over to police and a case was lodged against him on the Rangers complaint for allegedly providing medical treatment and cover to militants.
After that, he was handed over to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for interrogation in connection with corruption cases. NAB kept his custody till February 9, following which he was sent to prison on judicial remand.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2016.