Haleem Adil shifted to 'corrupt' NICVD after ‘mob attack’ in Karachi prison

60 to 70 miscreants belonging to ‘gang war’ attacked PTI leader in Central Jail, claims spokesperson


Vakeel Rao February 21, 2021
PTI leader Haleem Adil Shaikh being shifted to NICVD from Central Jail Karachi. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI:

Leader of Opposition in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh on Sunday was shifted to National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Karachi — a hospital at which he had hurled allegations of corruption in the past — from prison after being advised by the doctors to undergo angiography.

In a request to the Sindh government, Sheikh — who was arrested by Sindh Police over charges of interfering in the election process in Malir’s PS-88 by-election last week — said that he suffered from angina and hypertension and the doctors had been advising him to go through angiography.

The request was approved after which the PTI leader was transferred to the facility. Sheikh’s spokesperson, while confirming the development, also claimed that 60 to 70 miscreants belonging to “[Lyari] gang war” had attacked Haleem during his stay at the Central Jail, Karachi.

 

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During a press conference in June 2020, the PTI leader had said that NICVD's performance was marred due to "massive corruption, mismanagement and nepotism".

He had alleged that the main culprit in this regard was the political appointments in the institution. The management of the renowned hospital later issued a statement refuting all allegations.

 

The management claimed that the allegations were made to serve "political interests".

It further pointed out that Sheikh, who had cited details from a report of the auditor general, failed to acknowledge that the report included just observations and the irregularities outlined in it were not yet proved.

 

It stated that the opposition in Sindh should stop targeting the NICVD "just to put down the provincial government".

 

'Deadly snake'

Much to everyone’s astonishment, Sheikh on Friday claimed that a deadly snake was found in his cell at the Special Investigation Unit’s Saddar Centre, where he was earlier detained following his arrest.

Speaking to the media outside the anti-terrorism court, Sheikh said that a “four-feet-long black cobra” was left in his cell in a deliberate attempt to kill him. This was done on the directives of Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, he alleged. Sheikh claimed that the snake was seen and photographed by police officers as well.

Commenting on the matter, Karachi AIG Ghulam Nabi Memon said that he has sought a detailed report from CIA Investigation DIG Arif Hanif over Shaikh’s allegations. The matter will be investigated thoroughly, he said.

Police sources on the other hand said that such incidents were common at the SIU centre in Saddar, where Sheikh was detained.


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