Islamabad (July 20, 2018): The interior ministry, on the request of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), has approved red warrant against former finance minister Ishaq Dar to bring him back to Pakistan.
According to the details the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), on the directives of Interior ministry, has contacted Interpol to bring the former finance minister Ishaq Dar back to Pakistan from London.
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FIA wrote a letter to Interpol seeking its assistance to arrest Ishaq Dar who is accused in many corruption cases and for owing assets beyond his means.
FIA sent the reference to Interpol’s head office, situated in France. Dar’s arrest warrant, declaring him an absconder by the accountability court, assets details and other evidences were enclosed with the reference.Earlier, the interior ministry submitted a reply over Dar’s return to the Supreme Court and stated that the former finance minister will be brought back with help of Interpol.
Furthermore, Justice Sardar Tariq asked the attorney general regarding the update on seizing Dar’s property. “What has been done pertaining to seizing Dar’s foreign property,” he questioned.
“The request to seize property has been attached with the red warrant,” attorney general replied.
Earlier on July 05 (Monday), Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar warned former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar that red warrants will be issued against him and his passport will be revoked for consistently failing to appear before Supreme Court (SC).The chief justice, heading a three-member bench during a hearing related to Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) managing director’s (MD) appointment case, inquired about Dar. The CJP was displeased to know that Dar was still in London despite being summoned by the apex court.
The CJP warned that the top court will revoke Dar’s passport for his continuous no-show, local media reported. “We will also consider issuing red warrants for his [Dar’s] arrest.” Justice Nisar adjourned the hearing for a short time after directing interior ministry officials to submit their response regarding Dar.Dar had been summoned to appear before the court pertaining to the appointment of PTV’s MD Attaullah Qasmi. Dar was summoned to record statement regarding the alleged payment of around Rs 270 million to Qasmi during his period at PTV.
Similarly, the former finance minister, who is currently in London, has been absconding in his corruption case since last year. He has been declared a proclaimed offender by an accountability court due to his failure to appear before the court.
After the Panama Papers revelation, the National Accountability Bureau filed a corruption reference against Dar for owing assets beyond his known source of income.