Islamabad (February 12, 2018): The head of the Panama JIT Wajid Zia on Monday appeared before the accountability court hearing the case of Ishaq Dar’s assets beyond earning.
Wajid Zia appeared before the court and started to record his statement in the case.
Earlier, the National Accountability Court on Monday began proceedings against Ishaq Dar in assets case, in which Panama JIT Chief Wajid Zia would also appear before the court.
According to details, the case proceedings begin at Islamabad accountability court on Monday with Judge Muhammad Bashir conducting the proceedings.
Soon after the proceedings began, Judge Muhammad Bashir asked as if Wajid Zia had arrived on which the NAB prosecutor informed that he had been summoned but yet not arrived.
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At it, the judge directed to record the statement of the investigating officer in the case. The prosecutor said that the statement of Wajid Zia be recorded today as it would be a rush hour tomorrow.
The judge said that the apex court has given its decision on time while the JIT had also investigated the issue with a time frame so it would not inappropriate to delay the proceedings in accountability court.The judge later postponed the proceeding to begin again at 11:30 am today.Earlier on February 8, former head of the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT), Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia appeared before the accountability court conducting corruption proceedings against Senator Ishaq Dar.
The investigation officer of the case, Nadir Abbas, was also present in court to record his statement.
As Judge Mohammad Bashir began the proceedings, Zia informed the court that the JIT’s final report is not available with him as all the record was submitted to the Supreme Court.
In response, the judge observed that they will write to the apex court’s registrar once again to be provided the JIT report.Dar, a close aide of Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif, is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income.
A reference against him was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers caseDar, following his indictment, has been a no-show in the proceedings after he departed for London in October last year seeking medical treatment.
At the last hearing on January 31, two officials of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan had recorded their statements after which the court had directed for the production of the prosecution’s next witnesses, Zia and Abbas.