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Accountability court resumes hearing of corruption reference against Dar

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Accountability court has resumed hearing of corruption reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar filed by National Accountability Bureau on the directions of Supreme court of Pakistan.

Dar, a serving senator, is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income.

The case was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.

Dar has been declared a proclaimed offender in the case owing to his continuous absence from the proceedings owing to the medical treatment in London.

In today’s hearing, the court had summoned two Lahore-based bankers, Faisal Shehzad and Muhammad Azeem.

The court had also re-summoned Masoodul Ghani and Abdul Rehman Gondal but later allowed the witnesses to leave as their statements were already recorded.

As the hearing went under way, the court was informed that Shehzad was unable to appear in court due to the wedding of his sister.

Recording his statement, Rehman provided the income records of Dar from the years 2005 to 2017.

The NAB’s prosecution team has submitted a list of 28 people as witnesses in the case, and have up till now recorded statements of as many as five witnesses in the case.

On November 23, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accepted Dar’s request to be relieved of his duties as the finance minister, reported Geo News.

Dar was relieved of his three roles, including his portfolio in the finance ministry, and was informed of the decision.

Sources had said Dar would remain a federal minister as a leave of absence of three months has been granted to him.