Ishaq Dar reference in NAB Court, Witnesses testify against Dar

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Ishaq Dar reference in NAB Court, Witnesses testify against Dar

ISLAMABAD: Accountability court in Islamabad resumed hearing a NAB corruption reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday.

The court, during the hearing, rejected Dar's plea seeking exemption from appearance, observing that the accused needs to be present when the witnesses record their statements and are cross-examined.  

Dar's counsel Khawaja Haris completed the cross-examination of the prosecution's witness Tariq Javed of Al Baraka Bank.  

Tariq Javed had recorded his statement and presented bank records at the last hearing

Haris accused the witness of lying in court after the witness said he has not read the documents submitted in detail.

Later, the hearing was adjourned until Oct 18.

The court has summoned Masood Ghani of Habib Bank and Abdul Rahman Gondal of Allied Bank to record their statements and then be cross-examined by Dar's counsel in the next hearing. 

Strict security measures were taken for the appearance of the finance minister before the court, which held the fifth hearing.

Earlier in the day, the accountability court adjourned the hearing until twelve o'clock noon due to the absence of Khawaja Haris, the counsel for Dar.  

The NAB had filed the reference against Dar for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income.