Islamabad (November 14, 2017): The accountability court hearing the corruption case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar adjourned hearing of the case till 12:00 pm today as Investigation Officer of the case could not reach the court due to dense fog.
Today Judge of the accountability court Muhammad Bashir resumed hearing of the case. The court was informed that Dar is undergoing treatment in London. The judge inquired from Dar’s counsel when the minister would be able to appear before the court.
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The counsel replied that doctors had advised him of bed rest for two weeks. NAB prosecutor told the court that NAB Investigation Officer get late due to dense fog and he was on the way to the court. Upon this the adjourned proceeding of the case till 12:00 noon today. The minister, who has skipped the previous three hearings on account of medical treatment in London, is accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income.
During today’s hearing, the NAB is expected to seek endorsement of seizure of two more assets of the minister — two plots on Lahore’s Raiwind Road.
At the last hearing, Dar’s secondary counsel, Ayesha Hamid, requested the court to grant her client exemption from appearance on medical grounds and continue with the case by approving the appointment of a legal representative (pleader).
However, Judge Mohammad Bashir dismissed the request and ordered the continuation of the bailable warrants.
He also ordered Dar’s guarantor to ensure the minister’s presence at the next hearing or be prepared to have the Rs5 million surety bond confiscated.At the Nov 2 hearing, the accountability court approved NAB’s request to freeze Dar’s assets.
All accounts belonging to Dar, except those operated by accountant general revenue, were to be frozen after the court order.The bureau froze the assets after its chairman ordered to do so on October 18 but it needed the court’s endorsement as according to NAB laws, the order is only valid for 15 days.
NAB was seeking the freezing of Dar’s six bank, properties and vehicles in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates as well as investments in both countries.