Ishaq Dar's troubles worsens

Ishaq Dar's troubles worsens

ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday ended the stay order on the accountability court proceedings against Senator Ishaq Dar.

While hearing Dar’s plea, a two-member division bench of the IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb directed the accused to appear in the accountability court.

The short order was issued a day after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) submitted its response to the IHC and stated that a proclaimed offender has to present himself before the court to seek exemption from appearance. The NAB had also asked the court to allow the resumption of corruption proceedings against the former finance minister. ------------------------------

Earlier in December, the anti-corruption court declared Ishaq Dar, currently seeking medical treatment in London, an “absconder” after he repeatedly failed to appear before it in a graft case linking to the Panama Papers scandal.

Dar, 67, was indicted in October in a graft case in which he is accused of making assets that were “disproportionate to his known sources of income”.

The case was filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the light of the Supreme Court order of July 28 that disqualified Nawaz Sharif as prime minister in the Panama Papers scandal.

In its case against Dar, the NAB has alleged that the accused has acquired assets and pecuniary interests/resources in his own name and/or in the name of his dependants of an approximate amount of Rs 831.678 million.

Dar is in London since October and has been seeking treatment of an undefined heart complication at a Harley Street hospital.