Accountability court issues non-bailable arrest warrants for Dar

Lester Mason
November 14, 2017

The court after a brief adjournment of the hearing issued non-bailable warrants for Dar's arrest.

As the hearing commenced, judge Muhammad Bashir asked the guarantor for Ishaq Dar, Ahmed Ali Qudoosi regarding attendance of finance minister. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor told the judge that the officer was coming from Lahore, and was late due to fog.

Dar had rejected the allegations levelled by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in its reference prepared following the orders of the Supreme Court in its July 28 verdict in Panamagate case.

Dar's counsel informed the accountability court on Tuesday that Dar will not be able to appear in front of the court for another six weeks, and a petition for a pleader who shall appear on his behalf has been filed.

Dar's absence was first attributed to ill health on Oct 30, when the finance minister failed to appear before the court for a hearing.

However, the court adjourned hearing of the case till Wednesday.

The court had further ordered to confiscate Ishaq Dar's surety bonds worth five million rupees if he failed to appear in the next hearing, and had made a decision to sustain his bailable arrest warrants.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, once the most powerful men in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government, is likely to be removed from ministerial slot in the wake of corruption case against him while his role has drastically been curtailed in governmental affairs.

The reference alleged that the assets were "disproportionate to his known sources of income for which he could not reasonably account for".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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