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Corruption reference case: Ishaq Dar reaches court, hearing under way
Corruption reference case: Ishaq Dar reaches court, hearing under way
Published at: 9 month(s) ago

Islamabad: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar reached the accountability court on Thursday which resumed hearing of the Supreme Court-directed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) reference against him.

The accountability court had summoned two witnesses of the prosecution — Shahid Aziz and Tariq Javed — to record their statements for future references to the case today.

Javed presented the bank account details of Hajveri Modarba, a company owned by Dar. He also submitted details of Dar's other bank accounts.

Dar was accompanied by State Information Technology Minister Anusha Rehman and Federal Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz for the hearing.

NAB has reportedly submitted a 28-witness list to the court which is hearing the assets case against Dar.

Almost 200 policemen have been stationed in and around the judicial complex to provide security for today's hearing, while all routes except one entry point have been sealed off to prevent the unauthorised entry of any uninvited persons.

Alongside Dar, Federal Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz and State IT Minister Anusha Rehman are also attending the hearing.

The NAB has submitted a list of 28 witnesses with the court.

At the last hearing on October 4, 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 objected to the documents presented by NAB, saying they are mere photocopies and not verified documents.

The corruption reference, pertaining to Dar's owning assets that are disproportionate to his known sources of income, was filed by the National Accountability Bureau in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.

Appearing before the accountability judge last week, Dar pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled in the NAB reference filed against him on the orders of the Supreme Court in its July 28 judgment in Panamagate case.

Dar, in his petition, stated that he was indicted by the accountability court without giving him required mandated time, he requested the IHC to suspend the indictment proceedings.

The finance minister said that as he should be given time to file his response on the case, the IHC should order the accountability court to suspend its trial proceedings until a decision on his petition.

During the hearing, the judge observed that they will conduct daily hearings in the case and also directed Dar to deposit a Rs5 million surety bond to ensure his appearance at the hearings.

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