Pakistani anti-graft issued a bailable arrest warrant against Ishaq Dar

Vastavam web: A Pakistani anti-graft court today issued a bailable arrest warrant against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after he failed to appear before it in a corruption case spiralling from the Panama Papers scandal.The Accountability Court dismissed Dar’s application seeking exemption from personal appearance in the case hearing.But the court rejected the plea and issued bailable arrest warrant and ordered him to appear in the next hearing on November 2.
The case was filed against Dar by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) following a verdict by the Supreme Court, which disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after an investigation into corruption allegations against his family.Haris stated in the application that Dar, after attending the 16th Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Ministerial Conference in Dushanbe, had travelled to Jeddah.
He said the minister fell ill in Jeddah and subsequently had to go to London for medical treatment.The court had indicted Dar last month in the case for owning assets “beyond his known sources of income”.At the last hearing on October 23, the court recorded statements of NAB’s witnesses, including Abdul Rehman Gondal of Allied Bank and Masoodul Ghani of Habib Bank Limited.On July 28, a five-member Supreme Court bench had ordered NAB to file three references against 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 dependants of an approximate amount of Rs 831.678 million (approx)”.