ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing the corruption case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar issued non-bailable warrants after the minister failed to appear in court on Tuesday.
The court also issued a notice to Dar’s guarantor for failing to ensure the presence of the minister. Earlier, as the hearing began, Judge Mohammad Bashir inquired from Dar’s guarantor, Ahmad Ali Qudoosi, when the minister will appear in court. Qudoosi replied that Dar, presently in London for heart treatment, will fully recover in three to six weeks.
The finance minister, who skipped the previous three hearings on account of medical treatment, is accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. The court then briefly adjourned proceedings as the NAB investigation officer had not appeared in court. Later, as the hearing resumed, the court issued non-bailable warrants for Dar’s arrest.
The hearing was then adjourned until November 21. The same court has already rejected Dar’s application seeking exemption from personal appearance.
On July 28, a five-member Supreme Court bench had ordered NAB to file three references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and one against Dar, on petitions filed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Imran Khan, Jamaat-i-Islami’s Sirajul Haq and Awami Muslim League’s Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.
In its reference against the finance minister, NAB has alleged that “the accused has acquired assets and pecuniary interests/resources in his own name and/or in the name of his dependents of an approximate amount of Rs831.678 million (approx)”.
The reference alleged that the assets were “disproportionate to his known sources of income for which he could not reasonably account for”. INP