Non-bailable warrants issued against Ishaq Dar in graft case

Sergio Conner
November 14, 2017

ISLAMABAD:An Accountability Court (AC) on Tuesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against FinanceMinister Ishaq Dar for not appearing despite of repeated summons during the hearing of a reference.

On September 27, the finance minister had been indicted for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income. The NAB prosecutor had told the court that the officer was travelling from Lahore to Islamabad for the hearing and had gotten delayed due to smog.

The court also recorded the statements of NAB investigation officers in three references against sons of former prime minister.

The hearing has been adjourned until November 21.

The court of Judge Muhammad Bashir also issued a show-cause notice to Ishaq Dar's guarantor Ahmed Ali Quddusi.

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Asked when the minister was likely to appear before the court, Qudoosi informed the judge that he will take three to six weeks to completely recover from illness.

Earlier, the court had rejected the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) request to issue non-bailable warrant of arrests against Dar.

Dar has not attended the previous three hearings in relation to his ongoing medical treatment in London. His counsel, Khawaja Harris, had subsequently informed the judges that the finance minister had been admitted to a private hospital in London.

Dar, is accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of amassing assets of an approximate value of Rs 831.7 million; disproportionate to his known sources of income, reported the Dawn.

The NAB also moved an application seeking ratification of the seizure of more assets owned by the minister.

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