ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has strongly condemned the broadcast of video purported to be the confessional statement of former PPP minister Dr Asim Hussain against former president Asif Ali Zardari.

In footage run on a private channel Dr Asim Hussain is seen sitting on a chair, revealing shocking details regarding the party leadership.

“This is a monstrous notoriety and monumental arrogance of the law enforcing agency which held Dr Asim Hussain in custody and is condemned in the strongest terms”, a PPP spokesperson said in a statement.

He said that the video confirmed the apprehensions that "Dr Asim will be brutally tortured to extract from him so called confessional statements."

The spokesperson said that Dr Asim was first held in custody of the law enforcing agency accusing him of terrorism under anti terror laws. But when the agency realized that it had no case to prove in a court of law it changed the track and brought corruption charges against him even though there exists separate legal mechanisms for addressing corruption charges.

"Clearly the Rangers who held Dr Asim in custody are responsible for torturing Dr Asim and the surfacing of this video," he said.

He further said: "In allowing itself to go that far the law enforcing agency has exposed itself to the charge that it is acting as veritable arm of the Interior Ministry for political engineering by inflicting torture on political opponents."

The Party condemns this atrocity and calls for the accountability of all those responsible for torturing Dr Asim , the Spokesperson said...

The Party also calls for early adoption of Anti Torture legislation passed unanimously by the Senate in March last year. This legislation is necessary to put to an end to torture in custody and to ensure that such crimes are not committed with impunity in future, he said.