Confessional video? Dr Asim accuses Owais Muzaffar of corruption

Published: June 15, 2016
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SCREEN GRAB OF THE VIDEO SHOWING DR ASIM HUSSAIN DURING AN APPARENT INTERROGATION.

SCREEN GRAB OF THE VIDEO SHOWING DR ASIM HUSSAIN DURING AN APPARENT INTERROGATION.

KARACHI: Former federal petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain has accused former president Asif Ali Zardari’s foster brother of being involved in “all kinds of corruption” during Pakistan Peoples Party’s current government in Sindh.

“I did not know Owais Muzaffar before,” Dr Hussain says in a ‘confessional’ video clip that emerged on Wednesday night. The 80-second long clip, apparently cut out from a longer video, went viral on social media and was screened on several television channels.

Will die before giving statement under duress, says Dr Asim

The former federal minister is currently in the custody of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Karachi. He was first arrested by the paramilitary Rangers on charges of corruption and facilitating terrorists in August 2015.

Before he was handed over to NAB, Dr Asim remained in police custody for a short time and was given a clean chit.

Though a number of alleged confessional statements of Dr Asim have been leaked by law enforcement agencies and NAB in the past, this is the first time a video has been released. NAB officials, however, have neither confirmed nor denied the video.

In the video, Dr Asim is seen wearing a white shalwar kameez and sitting on a solitary chair in the room. During the short clip, he talks particularly against Muzzafar.

“When the second (PPP) government [in Sindh] came to power, he [Muzaffar] came to the fore and became the virtual CM,” Dr Asim claims adding that Muzaffar was raised by Zardari’s mother.

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“He [Muzaffar] was involved in all kinds of corruption, all types of projects and land [grabbing]. He never let an opportunity pass, any CCTV project or anything else.”

The former petroleum minister, who also headed the Ziauddin Hospital in Karachi, narrated how he uncovered a scam Muzaffar was involved in. “Once a doctor told me that a vaccine which costs Rs600 has been purchased at a cost of Rs1,000 and is now being sold at a market in Multan,” he said adding that upon investigation the doctors’ claims were proved.

Being a close confidante of Zardari, Dr Asim said he complained to the former president about the matter.

“I complained to Zardari and asked him to explain to [Muzaffar] that everything else that you are doing is separate, at least don’t play with the health and lives of people,” he says. “After I complained, Muzaffar threatened me that ‘I will give you such a vaccine that you will remember it forever. Stop speaking against me.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2016.

 

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Reader Comments (13)

  • PakPower
    Jun 15, 2016 - 11:57PM

    The forces to be have leaked this video for a reason. Tappi’s days of impunity may be numbered now.Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Jun 16, 2016 - 12:34AM

    The guy is singing like a canaryRecommend

  • shazada zahid Malik loan
    Jun 16, 2016 - 6:52AM

    They are all singing but nothing is happening since no one is listening, unless Zaradri is going to be brought back.Recommend

  • ironMan!
    Jun 16, 2016 - 9:14AM

    useless confessions if the security agencies won’t arrest all the accused. We saw it in Saulat Mirza case, no one except himself was arrested/hanged. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 16, 2016 - 10:26AM

    All that matters is what gets proven in court (one can imagine the chances of that happening!) and until then, it is like any other crime thriller on Tv .Recommend

  • Jun 16, 2016 - 10:39AM

    Many people have been caught questioned and handed in remand over to the FIA, NAB, and Rangers. Now lets have some action on sentencing, imprisonment and recovery.
    Nobody even bothered to fart when the Panama Papers got released to the world. Why the delay…….is not understood. SalamsRecommend

  • aafridi
    Jun 16, 2016 - 11:27AM

    The democracy is in danger.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Jun 16, 2016 - 11:30AM

    Do the “agencies” ever learn? These confessions have no meaning unless they are supported by evidence. If you have custody of a man, you can make him say anything. Was any lesson learned from 1971?Recommend

  • Raisani
    Jun 16, 2016 - 11:37AM

    Unfortunately our own agencies let Tappi go abroad though they knew he’s never gonna come back. So who to blame? Tappi or agencies? Or both are same? Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Jun 16, 2016 - 12:16PM

    @aafridi:
    Let’s sacrifice our country to save democracyRecommend

  • Jun 16, 2016 - 1:04PM

    Nothing will happen, everybody will come clean out of this interrogation. Recommend

  • Rehan
    Jun 16, 2016 - 1:36PM

    Agencies are scared to touch those people. What happened to Altaf nothing. Army is only good in media but when it comes to action they are scared from politiciansRecommend

  • ARFAN ASLAM khan
    Jun 16, 2016 - 5:17PM

    Is it not funny that as soon as Zadaris aids sees Asim,everything changes,Nothing will happen,NAB do not have the power to send people where they belong.Like all the corrupt peple Asim will come cleanRecommend

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