AC issues bailable arrest warrants for Dar

ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court (AC) Wednesday issued bailable arrest warrants for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after his failure to appear before the court on Tuesday in compliance to the court summons in NAB reference.

AC Judge Mohammad Bashir took up the reference against Mr. Dar regarding the assets beyond known sources of income filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in compliance to the supreme court orders in Panama papers case.

During hearing, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s protocol officer Fazal Dad appeared before the court and contended that minister is presently in London. However, the NAB prosecutor pleaded the court to issue arrest warrants to ensure Dar’s presence in court.

On this the court reserved the judgment and later issued bailable arrest warrants of the finance minister.

The court also ordered for submission of the bail surety bonds worth Rs 1 million and adjourned the hearing until September 25.

The court directed the department concerned to present Ishaq Dar before the trial court on next hearing.

The court observed that non-bailable arrest warrants could be issued against Mr.Dar, if he failed to appear before the court on September 25.

It may be mentioned here that on September 8, NAB had filed four corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his three children and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in compliance with the Supreme Court order in the Panama Papers case.