ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing the Supreme Court-directed corruption reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar recorded the statement of a prosecution witness on Wednesday.
The finance minister was late to court today at which the court expressed its displeasure. As a result, the judge temporarily suspended the hearing until the accused showed up. As Dar reached the court, the hearing went under way.
At the last hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had submitted a list of 28 witnesses. On Wednesday, NAB produced two witnesses: Ishtiaq Ali of Bank Alfalah and senior vice-president of Al Baraka bank, Tariq Javed.
Only Ali recorded his statement with the court and was then cross-examined by Dar’s counsel, Advocate Amjad Pervez. Dar’s counsel also objected to the documents presented by NAB, saying they are mere photocopies and not verified documents.
The hearing was then adjourned until October 12, when one new witness — Shahid Aziz — along with Javed, who appeared today as well, have been summoned.
Compared to October 2, when the Rangers had taken over security of the judicial complex and disallowed everyone, even the interior minister, to enter the premises to attend the hearing of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the police had complete control of the complex today and the paramilitary force was nowhere to be seen.
Eight journalists were allowed to cover today’s courtroom proceedings after a delegation of reporters reached an understanding with the court’s registrar.
Addressing the media outside the accountability court after Dar’s hearing, State Minister for IT Anusha Rehman said that unique judicial precedence is being set in the country with regards to the proceedings against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. INP