Ishaq Dar in trouble


ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan resumed the hearing of the Panama Papers case on Monday.

Ishaq Dar’s counsel Shahid Hamid informed the apex court that references seeking to disqualify his client before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had been dismissed during an intra-court appeal.

According to the details presented before the court, Ishaq Dar had submitted a request to be pardoned before the NAB on 20th April 2000, which was approved by the Chairman NAB on the very next day.

On the 24th of April the NAB investigating officer had requested to record Dar’s statements which were duly recorded the following day before a magistrate.

Shahid Hamid informed the bench that the time to appeal against the court’s earlier ruling had expired, to which Justice Asif Khosa remarked that after Hamid has completed his arguments the bench will ask the Prosecutor General in this regard.

Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan remarked that after becoming Approver in the case an order to disqualify Ishaq Dar could not be given.

The bench demanded to know why the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) did not submit references against the Sharif family, and demanded the Attorney General of Pakistan to submit a written reply before the bench.