Islamabad (September 12, 2018): Accountability Court-I on Wednesday resumed hearing a corruption reference against former finance minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets disproportionate to his declared income.
Judge Muhammad Bashir was presiding over the case.
Three more accused in a supplementary reference were presented in court today. A private bank’s employee Tariq Saleem and Mohsin, both prosecution witnesses, were also present for the hearing.
The hearing is currently under way. Earlier on September 11, additional Attorney General of Pakistan informed the Apex Court that consultation is underway with concerned departments regarding bringing back former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar resumed hearing a case pertaining to Dar’s return to the country.
As the hearing went underway, the additional attorney general said, “Dar’s diplomatic and other passport have been cancelled.”
“The Ministry of Interior has also blacklisted the former finance minister on National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request,” he further said.When the additional attorney general informed that Dar has no valid travel documents, the chief justice questioned, “Then how will he come back?”
“There is a system in place through which he can be brought back,” the additional attorney general responded.
Further, during the hearing, the NAB prosecutor general informed the court, “We have found details of several of Dar’s properties and will submit their records together after inquiry.”
The attorney general added, “Consultations are under way with concerned departments to bring him back.”Directing concerned departments to continue taking steps for Dar’s return, the court adjourned the hearing of the case till next week.
The former finance minister is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income.
Earlier on September 10, Pakistan Tehreek Insaf’s government cancelled the diplomatic passport of Former finance minister and PML N leader Ishaq Dar and his wife.
According to details, Ishaq Dar and his wife are currently in London, Dar has to return passport within 30 days but they did not return the passport.
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Chief justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar ordered to bring back former finance minister Dar within 10 days.
Earlier Last week, the top judge of Pakistan expressed serious concern over issue pertaining to former finance minister Ishaq Dar’s return to the homeland.
During the hearing, CJP asked how the ex-minister can be brought back on which, the additional attorney general said that his return can be made through Interpol or by an agreement with the country he is living in.The new government is taking steps to prepare an agreement with Britain regarding the return of the accused, he told.
CJP inquired whether he can announce a verdict against Dar if he refuses to come back to Pakistan. The additional attorney general was given 10-day time to thoroughly look into this case.
On the other hand, representative of foreign ministry said Interpol was contacted for Dar’s return however, its officials said that only counterpart departments can seek help in this regard.NAB and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) are Interpol’s counterpart departments in Pakistan, he added.