ISLAMABAD (Monitoring desk): Court resumed hearing on corruption case against former finance minister Ishaq Dar on Monday. The Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir asked after Wajid-Zia (Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director), key witness of the prosecution, former head of the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
The court awaits the statement by Wajid-Zia against Ishaq Dar.
Dar, a senator and close aide of Pakistan Muslim League-N faces a reference filed against him by National Accountanbility Bureau (NAB), charging him for possession of assets which are not in accordance with his declared sources of income.
As the court proceedings developed, the judge inquired the NAB prosecutor about the whereabouts of Wajid-Zia, who was expected to record his statement in court today, along with investigation officer Nadir Abbas- the w=two being last prosecution witnesses.
The court was told that Wajid-Zia was expected to show up soon, as he had already been summoned.
The judge then adjourned the proceedings until 11:30am today to give time to the prosecution witnesses.
During the hearing, the NAB prosecutor informed the court that there are reports that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is facing three corruption cases before the same court, plans to travel abroad.
Judge Bashir then observed that it would not be right if the accountability court’s proceedings are delayed as the Supreme Court and JIT completed their work on time during the Panama case hearing.
At the last hearing on February 8, Zia appeared before the accountability court. He informed the court that the JIT’s final report is not available with him as all the record was submitted to the Supreme Court.
In response, the judge observed that they will write to the apex court’s registrar once more to be provided the JIT report.
NAB has filed the reference against Dar in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.
Following his indictment, Dar has been a no-show in the proceedings after he departed for London in October last year seeking medical treatment.
Moreover, on February 7, the court reserved its decision on Dar’s plea to un-freeze his assets which were seized last year on NAB’s orders.