ISLAMABAD: The NAB court hearing a corruption case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar recorded the statements of two prosecution witnesses today.
During the proceedings, Dar's counsel, Khawaja Harris, had a heated exchange with the prosecutor of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Both witnesses, officials of two private banks, recorded their statements and were cross-examined by Harris.
Moreover, at the next hearing, the court has sought Dar's reply on NAB's request for it to order seizure of Dar's assets in accordance with the NAB chairman's directions.
The hearing was then adjourned until October 31.
As the court resumed proceedings today in the assets reference case against Dar, the finance minister made his seventh appearance before Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir.
The minister was accompanied by CADD Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and other party leaders.
As the hearing began, Abdul Rehman Gondal recorded his statement after which he was cross-examined by Harris.
Gondal also submitted details of an account owned by Dar inside the Parliament House.
Gondal informed the court that he first appeared before the NAB's investigation officer on August 17 this year.
During the cross-examination, a heated war of words ensued between Harris and NAB prosecutor Imran Shafiq, with the former taunting the latter for reportedly influencing the witness.
Later, NAB submitted a request pleading the judge to endorse the NAB chairman's decision to seize Dar's assets.
The court sought an answer from Dar on NAB's request at the next hearing.
Following the cross-examination, the second witness, Masood Ghani, began recording his statement. He was later cross-examined by Harris.
The hearing was then adjourned until next Monday, October 31, when the cross-examination is expected to continue.