KARACHI - The lawyer of former petroleum minister Dr Asim claimed that his client was forced to make confessional statement against Owais Muzaffar alian Tappi. “Dr Asim’s confessional video statement against Owais Muzaffar alias Tappi, aired on television channels last night, was obtained by force.”

In a press conference at his office, lawyer Anwar Mansoor Khan said that Dr Asim does not even remember giving the statement and it seems that the statement was taken under duress.

 He added that the video is looking quite old and was probably made at the time when the former minister was in Rangers custody. In the video statement aired on local television channels on Wednesday, hurled startling allegations at former president Asif Ali Zardari’s foster brother Owais Muzaffar alias Tappi.  Dr Hussain had said that former Sindh minister Owais Muzaffar was the ‘working’ chief minister of Sindh during the second term of the Pakistan People’s Party and involved in doing all sorts of corruption.

“Once a doctor told me that a Rs600 vaccine was bought for Rs1,000 but it was later sold in a market in Multan. When I investigated the case I found the allegations to be true. I complained about this to Asif Zardari and asked him to stop Owais Muzaffar from playing with people’s lives. After which Owais hurled threats at me,” Dr Hussain said in the video statement.

Dr Hussain, a close aide of former president Zardari, was arrested by Sindh Rangers from the office of the Higher Education Commission in Clifton on August 26 last year. A joint investigation team is investigating Dr Hussain’s alleged corruption and his role in terror financing.  The National Accountability Bureau is also investigating three new corruption cases against Dr Hussain. The cases include illegal affiliation of medical colleges with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, issuance of licences for dozens of compressed natural gas stations and other corrupt practices.