Zardari's Close Aide Charged With Terror Financing in Pakistan

A top Pakistan People\'s Party leader and a close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari has been charged with terror financing and corruption.

Published: 26th November 2015 03:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2015 03:19 PM   |  A+A-

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The court has directed that Asif Ali Zardari’s trial begin from Jan 8 and has summoned prosecution witnesses. AP

By PTI

KARACHI: A top Pakistan People's Party leader and a close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari has been charged with terror financing and corruption, officials said.

Asim Hussain, a former minister and the Chairman of the provincial Higher Education Commission, was arrested on August 26 from his office by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and paramilitary rangers in several cases of corruption and terror financing.

NAB officials yesterday confirmed that the Joint Investigation Team had finally filed a FIR against Hussain in which he is charged with terror financing and supporting terrorists and target killers.

It comes just a day before the end of a 90-day physical remand of Hussain in Rangers custody on charges of terror financing.

The interior ministry has also put his name on the Exit Control List (ECL) on the request of NAB, which is part of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to investigate Hussain's alleged corruption and his role in terror financing.

NAB is currently investigating three corruption cases against Hussain, who is said to be a close confidante of Zardari, the co-chairperson of the PPP.

Soon after Hussain's arrest, Zardari and other top PPP leaders from Sindh flew to Dubai and have remained there since.

Another official said the name of former Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon, who is also in Dubai, had also been put on the ECL. 

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