Ishaq Dar in NAB Court: Witnesses confirm all documents are genuine

Ishaq Dar in NAB Court: Witnesses confirm all documents are genuine

ISLAMABAD - Finance Minister Ishaq Dar appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad on Thursday as trial into NAB case against him resumed.

The court had indicted Dar last month in a reference pertaining to his owning “assets beyond his known sources of income”.

As the hearing began on Thursday, NAB presented before the court two witnesses who testified against the finance minister. The witnesses are Al-Baraka Bank Senior Vice-President Tariq Javed and Shahid Aziz of the National Investment Trust (NIT).

In his testimony, Aziz informed the court that Dar had invested Rs120 million as finance minister in 2015, but he withdrew this money from the trust after the Panama Papers case started in January 2017. NIT is the first asset management company of Pakistan that was formed in 1962, according to its website.Javed of Al-Baraka Bank informed the court that Dar opened an account in the bank's Lahore branch in 1991. He said the minister's wife, Tabassum Ishaq Dar, too holds an account in the bank and owns a company named HDS Securities Private Limited.

Dar's lawyer Khawaja Haris is cross-examining the witnesses and questioning whether the documents produced by them are legitimate. The witnesses have claimed that all documents submitted by them against Dar are genuine and attested.