Pakistani anti-graft court maintained a bailable arrest warrant against Dar

Vastavam web: A Pakistani anti-graft court today ordered Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to appear before it on November 8 and maintained a bailable arrest warrant against him after he failed to turn up citing health reasons.The case was filed against 67-year-old 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.The NAB prosecutor opposed the exemption, saying the medical certificate did not specify the disease from which the minister was suffering. It pressed the court to issue a non- bailable arrest warrant.
Judge Muhammad Bashir maintained the bailable arrest warrant against Dar while refraining from issuing a non- bailable arrest warrant against the minister as he was unwell.Earlier, he missed the first hearing on September 20 and two successive hearings on October 30 and November 2.
At the hearing on October 23, the court recorded statements of NAB witnesses, including Abdul Rehman Gondal of Allied Bank and Masoodul Ghani of Habib Bank Limited against Dar.
Three witnesses, including Al-Baraka Bank Senior Vice- President Tariq Javed and Shahid Aziz of the National Investment Trust (NIT) asset management company, have testified in the case.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 leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan, Jamaat-i-Islami’s Sirajul Haq and Awami Muslim League’s Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.