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Accountability court proceedings are under cloud of objections

Islamabad: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Daniyal Aziz has said that accountability court proceedings are under cloud of objections.

Aziz said that it is surprising that since day one Dar’s name was nowhere near the Panama Papers but with the [PTI’s] lockdown [in 2016], all the ‘targets’ have been achieved.

“This is a political case but we are still bowed before the courts. Not a single person, including judges and media owners, named in the Panama Papers has faced courts even though [Jamaati-e-Islami chief] Sirajul Haq’s petition [in the Supreme Court] had mentioned every individual named in the Panama Papers.

Almost 200 policemen are stationed in and around the judicial complex to provide security for today’s hearing, while all routes except one entry point have been sealed off to prevent the unauthorised entry of any uninvited persons.

Dar is accompanied by Aziz and State IT Minister Anusha Rehman, among others, in the hearing.

The NAB has submitted a list of 28 witnesses with the court.

At the last hearing on October 4, NAB produced two witnesses: Ishtiaq Ali of Bank Alfalah and senior vice-president of Al Baraka bank, Tariq Javed.