Accountability court issues arrest warrants for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar

  • Judge Mohammad Bashir had dismissed Dar's plea seeking exemption from physical appearance at last hearing
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The accountability court in Islamabad issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau.

As the hearing began on Tuesday, Judge Mohammad Bashir was informed that NAB’s investigation officers have not reached the court yet as they were coming from Lahore to attend the hearing.

Therefore, the court adjourned the hearing till noon but after resuming the hearing issued warrants against Ishaq Dar in assets beyond means reference.

The legislator again failed to show up in court for the fourth time as he was in London for medical treatment.

The NAB also moved an application seeking ratification of the seizure of more assets owned by the minister. The court had already endorsed the seizure of assets which had earlier been seized by the NAB authorities.

During the last hearing, Judge Mohammad Bashir had turned down a plea filed by secondary counsel for Dar seeking an exemption for her client from appearance.

The Judge had also ordered Dar’s guarantor to ensure the presence of the minister on next hearing otherwise surety bond worth Rs5 million would be confiscated.

Indictment

On September 27, the finance minister had been indicted for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income.

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.

NAB Reference

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.