Islamabad (October 4, 2017): The accountability court hearing NAB reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday recorded statement of a prosecution witness.
The court resumed hearing of the reference today. Dar along with his legal team and party colleague appeared before the court.
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Today NAB produced two witnesses: Ishtiaq Ali of Bank Alfalah and senior vice-president of Al Baraka bank, Tariq Javed.
Only Ali recorded his statement and was then cross-examined by Dar’s counsel, Advocate Amjad Pervez. Dar’s counsel also objected to the documents presented by NAB, saying they are mere photocopies and not verified documents.The hearing was then adjourned until October 12, when one new witness — Shahid Aziz — along with Javed, who appeared today as well, have been summoned.
Compared to October 2, when the Rangers had taken over security of the judicial complex and disallowed everyone, even the interior minister, to enter the premises to attend the hearing of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the police had complete control of the complex today and the paramilitary force was nowhere to be seen.Eight journalists were allowed to cover today’s courtroom proceedings after a delegation of reporters reached an understanding with the court’s registrar.
During last hearing, Dar was indicted in the case. Dar pleaded non-guilty and opted to contest the charges.
The corruption reference, pertaining to Dar’s owning assets that are disproportionate to his known sources of income, was filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.After skipping his first hearing on September 20, for which a summons had been issued, Dar appeared in court on September 25 after bailable warrants for his arrest had been issued to ensure his presence.