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Accountability Court resumes hearing of corruption reference against Ishaq Dar

ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court resumed hearing of corruption reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar filed by National Accountability Bureau on the directions of Supreme court of Pakistan.

The accountability court had summoned two witnesses of the prosecution  Shahid Aziz and Tariq Javed  to record their statements pertaining to the case today.

Almost 200 policemen have been 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.

Alongside Dar, Federal Privatisation Minister Daniyal Aziz and State IT Minister Anusha Rehman have also reached the court to attend 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.

Only Ali recorded his statement with the court and was then cross-examined by Dar’s counsel, Advocate Amjad Pervez. Dar’s counsel objected to the documents presented by NAB, saying they are mere photocopies and not verified documents.

Dar was indicted on September 27 in the assets reference case, however, he denied all charges and vowed to prove his innocence in court.

Dar challenged his indictment and trial in the Islamabad High Court but the pleas were dismissed with directions to take them to Justice Ijazul Ahsan, the Supreme Court judge monitoring the corruption references.