KARACHI - Adviser to Sindh CM on Information Maula Bux Chandio yesterday expressed his disappointment over the court decision in Dr Asim’s case and said legal formalities were not fulfilled.

He said such decisions would further aggravate the aggression and lower trust in courts.

“An impression of revenge should not be reflected in courts’ verdicts,” he said, adding the proofs and statements of the witnesses were not considered while taking the decision. Addressing a press conference at Sindh Secretariat, Chandio said they had complete trust in courts, but yesterday’s decision had disappointed them.

“The way a person is being caught in this case, it seems certain people are trying to target the PPP leadership,” he said. “Dr Asim is a friend of Asif Ali Zardari and was also a senator and federal minister in the PPP era, so nothing is wrong if we are talking of justice for him,” he added.

He said Asim was still a minister of his party, so they had to stand by him. “It is now up to the family of Dr Asim to move the court against this decision or not,” he said.

He averred the provincial government was proud of performance of police and Rangers in curbing terrorism and it had helped maintain law and order in the city.

He asserted Rangers were working in the province as per law and under the command of their captain, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

He said PPP wanted democracy to flourish in the country, but some elements were trying to sabotage this process and create confusion. “Such people do not have their part in the democratic process, but we want the democratic process to run smoothly as Asif Zardari did in his tenure,” he said.

He said those who had no part in the democratic process had come out in support of Rangers, ignoring that it was the joint venture of Rangers and the provincial government that helped maintain law and order in the city. He remarked a ‘grenade’ alliance was being formed in the name of grand alliance and there was only a single party in it which had some stake in the province while others had no representation.

Referring to corruption in the provincial government, Chandio said he could only talk about himself that he had done nothing. “There are thousands of people in the provincial government and he cannot take responsibility of others,” he said.