KARACHI - Sindh Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Asim Hussain was rushed to hospital after he complained of chest pain.He was shifted to the ICU of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD).

Dr Asim Hussain, a senior member of the PPP and Sindh cabinet, was in Rangers custody for 90 days preventive detention for financing terrorism.

After chest X-ray and thorough tests he was declared out of danger by the doctors. He was later shifted to a special ward on the second floor of the NICVD, where he is being kept under observation.

Sindh’s Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Senior Minister for Information Nisar Ahmed Khuhro visited Dr Asim in the cardiovascular unit, said the CM’s spokesman.

Last week, a two-member bench of the Sindh High Court issued a notice to the sector commander of the Ghazi Rangers in a contempt of court application filed by the wife of Dr Asim Hussain for disobeying the court’s order, reported a local paper.

Dr Zarina Hussain in her application said that the court had directed the Rangers authorities to conduct his medical tests in the presence of her and her daughter.

However, she said, neither she was being allowed to visit her ailing husband, nor was he being provided proper medical treatment in custody.

Earlier, the bench had rejected her plea for shifting Dr Hussain to a hospital for treatment after a law officer of the paramilitary force stated that the detainee was being provided all necessary medical care in custody.

She said that her husband was suffering from serious ailments such as diabetes and hypertension and needed medical attention, so he should be admitted in a hospital.

Dr Asim was remanded for 90 days t in August after the paramilitary force had contended that they had credible information regarding the PPP leader’s involvement in terrorism related activities as well as embezzlement of funds.

On August 26, over 12 personnel in plain clothes belonging to the Federal Investigation Agency and an intelligence outfit had arrived at the HEC office and the man leading them introduced himself to Dr Asim and asked him to accompany them. Dr Asim was then taken to an undisclosed location for questioning.

Dr Asim’s arrest came in what has been described as the first major action against the Pakistan Peoples Party leadership during the ongoing Karachi operation.

Next day, he was produced before an antiterrorism court which was informed that the Rangers had detained him for 90 days for questioning.

In 2009, Dr Asim was elected Senator from Sindh on a PPP ticket. He served as the minister of petroleum and natural resources and then the prime minister’s adviser with the same portfolio until 2012.

After the 2013 general elections, the PPP government in Sindh made him chairman of the provincial HEC.

He is also believed to be close to the top leadership of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.