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Seizure of Dar’s Surety Bond: AC Adjourns Proceeding Till Dec 4

Islamabad (November 29, 2017): The accountability court hearing the corruption case against Senator Ishaq Dar ruled adjourned proceeding for seizure of the former finance minister’s surety bond would take place on December 4.

The decision came after Dar’s bail guarantor asked the court for more time to produce the former finance minister in court.

When the Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir began proceedings today, Dar’s bail guarantor Ahmad Ali Qudoosi did not turned up.

Court officials shouted his name outside the courtroom but he still did not appear. The court then went into a recess to give time for Qudoosi to appear.He appeared after much delay for the hearing of the corruption case against the former finance minister.  Addressing the judge, Qudoosi said Dar was not in the country and asked for more time to produce him in court.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor Imran Shafique opposed the plea and said enough time has been given to the accused already.Qudoosi said he’s going to the UK himself to inquire into Dar’s health, saying the former finance minister’s angiography has been completed and the results are awaited. He predicted a time period of three to four weeks before the former minister can return.

However, the judge ruled that further proceedings on the seizure of the bond will take place on December 4, when the court will hear the main case again.

The judge also gave Qudoosi one last chance to ensure Dar’s presence in court.On November 24, Qudoosi had requested the court not to seize the Rs5 million surety bond that he had submitted on behalf of Dar. However, the court had directed him to appear in person today and present arguments in his defence. The court had also issued notices to NAB.

Moreover, the court has posted on its notice board the order directing the former finance minister to appear within 10 days.

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