ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing a corruption reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday issued bailable warrants of arrest after he failed to appear in the court.
Dar had been summoned to appear in court on Wednesday in connection with a reference by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for possessing assets beyond declared sources of income. The reference had been ordered by the Supreme Court in its July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.
As the hearing began in Judge Mohammad Bashir’s court, Dar’s protocol officer Fazal Dad appeared in the court and informed the judge that the minister is presently in London.
The NAB prosecutor pleaded the court to issue arrest warrants to ensure Dar’s presence in court. Following this, the court went into a recess to decide on the bureau’s plea and returned with the directions of ordering bailable warrants of arrest for the finance minister. The court ordered for submission of the bail bond of Rs1 million and adjourned the hearing until September 25, ordering Dar to be present in court at the next hearing.
Sources within NAB informed that summons for Dar was sent to his residence in Islamabad and his personal address in Lahore as well to his office in Islamabad. According to reports, NAB Lahore on Wednesday directed State Bank of Pakistan and all banks of the country to freeze Dar’s accounts.
In its letter, the anti-graft watchdog also instructed the banks to inform it immediately after taking the said action.