NADRA terminates key witness of accountability bureau against Ishaq Dar

12:04 PM | 6 Oct, 2017
NADRA terminates key witness of accountability bureau against Ishaq Dar
ISLAMABAD – In a surprise move, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has sacked the official who had provided records to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for corruption reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and is a key witness in the case.

It surfaced on Thursday when NADRA informed the NAB that prosecution witness Operations Director Syed Qaboos Aziz has been terminated, adding that a new focal person has been deputed for assistance in the case.

NADRA’s response came after NAB sent a notice to Qaboos Aziz, who is one of the 28 witnesses of NAB, directing him to be ready for giving his statement along with essential documents in the case before the accountability court.

The NAB notice states, “You are prosecution witness in the reference. Hence you are requested to be available for recording of evidence along with necessary record in this month on short notice”.

It is notable that the official was sent packing two days after he provided Dar’s family record to the anti-graft watchdog to prepare reference against him for possessing assets beyond means.

Aziz’s statement is worthwhile to back the NAB’s allegations of acquiring assets in his own and his dependents’ names as he had provided complete family tree of the minister assisting the bureau to trace assets in foreign countries.

The operations director had been appointed by the NADRA to assist the NAB following its request and he handed over the details to authorities on August 21.

After two day on August 23, Aziz, who had joined NADRA in 2001, was sacked without citing any reason through a letter as saying, “It is to inform you that your service contract is hereby terminated with immediate effect”.

NAB Reference

The anti-corruption watchdog had filed a reference against the minister following the directions issued under Panamagate verdict on July 28.

According to the NAB reference, the accused had acquired assets and pecuniary interests/resources in his name or in the name of his dependents of an approximate amount of Rs831.678 million as per the investigation conducted so far.

The assets are disproportionate to his known sources of income for which he could not reasonably account for, the reference said.

Court Proceedings

On September 27, the finance minister had been indicted for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income, while the NAB had given a list of 28 witnesses to prove its allegations.

On October 4, the accountability court started recording statements of the witnesses as it had summoned two of the witnessed named Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan and Tariq Javed, both were bank officials. The court has also summoned other witnesses in the case.


Pakistani rupee registers marginal gain against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal and Dirham; Check forex rates

Pakistani rupee continued its momentum against the US dollar, and orther currencies in the open market on Thursday, as the local currency also improved in the inter-bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.2 for buying and 286.15 for selling.

Euro comes down to 308 for buying and 311 for selling. British Pound rate dropped to 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.4 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 7 December 2023

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 283.2 286.15
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.4 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 757.23 765.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.89 40.29
Danish Krone DKK 41.19 41.59
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.41 36.76
Indian Rupee INR 3.42 3.53
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 921.71 930.71
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.02 61.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.54 176.54
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.05 26.35
Omani Riyal OMR 739.62 747.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 78.22 78.92
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.12 27.42
Swiss Franc CHF 324.94 327.44
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

Gold prices in Pakistan move down despite positive global cues; Check latest rates here

Gold price in Pakistan remained under pressure as the yellow metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 7 December 2023

On Thursday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,100 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,130. 

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold costs Rs199,000, 21 karat rate for per tola is Rs189,960 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,825.00 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2026, gaining $8.30 on Thursday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

Today Gold Price in Pakistan (4 September 2023)

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Karachi PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Islamabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Peshawar PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Quetta PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sialkot PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Attock PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujranwala PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Jehlum PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Multan PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Bahawalpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Gujrat PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nawabshah PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Chakwal PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Hyderabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Nowshehra PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Sargodha PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Faisalabad PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565
Mirpur PKR 217,100 PKR 2,565


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