Pak anti-corruption ssued a non-bailable arrest warrant against finance minister

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during a joint news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File photo
Vastavam web: A Pakistani anti-corruption court today issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against embattled Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after he failed to appear for several court hearings in a graft case linked to the Panama Papers scandal.Dar, who has been charged with amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income, has missed several court hearings conducted by the anti-graft agency the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), prompting a judge to issue a non-bailable arrest warrant.In response, Qudoosi said Dar will fully recover in three to six weeks and will attend hearing after that. However, the court was not satisfied and issued a non-bailable warrant against him.
The hearing was then adjourned until November 21.Dar’s counsel, Ayesha Hamid, requested the court to grant Dar exemption from appearance and continue with the case by approving the appointment of a legal representative (pleader) but the court dismissed the request.He also ordered Dar’s guarantor to ensure the minister’s presence at the next hearing or be prepared to have the Rs five million surety bond confiscated.The charges against Dar followed an investigation into the finances of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a small salary from his son s off-shore company.