LAHORE – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Sunday issued a second notice to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar asking him to appear before the investigation team on August 22 to join inquiry regarding his assets and funds, Dawn News reported.
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After launching an investigation following the orders of the Supreme Court passed on July 28 while announcing Panama case verdict, the NAB had earlier summoned Ishaq Dar on August 18 to investigate his assets, which the Panamagate JIT termed beyond his known sources of income in its report, but he did not appear.
The NAB authorities had also summoned the Sharif family to join the investigation regarding Al-Azizia Steel Mills on August 18, but they denied appearing until review petition against Panamagate verdict filed with the apex court is decided.
‘Supreme Court Orders’
On July 28, Supreme Court of Pakistan declaring the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif disqualified on Friday had ordered National Accountability Bureau to file references against the members of Sharif family and decide it within six weeks.
The 5-o verdict had been announced by a five-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa – the same judge who had commenced his dissenting note in the April 20 judgment with a quote from Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather and declared Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ‘disqualified’ for being dishonest to the nation.
The court ordered the NAB to file references against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, Captain (r) Safdar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar within two weeks.
The court also disqualified Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Captain (r) Safdar from office in the landmark decision. The larger bench also directed the NAB to decide the cases within six months.
The JIT, in its report, had said that the finance minister held assets and funds beyond known sources of income.