ISLAMABAD: A day before ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif is due to face the references filed against him, an accountability court decided to indict Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday (tomorrow).
On Monday, Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir handed over a copy of the reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to Mr Dar’s counsel, along with copies of related documents, which comprise 23 volumes.
The court rejected a request by Mr Dar’s counsel, Amjad Pervez, to grant them seven days to peruse the voluminous record, saying that since the Supreme Court had set a six-month deadline, he could not adjourn proceedings for a week.
Outside the court, Advocate Pervez said it appeared that the judge had rejected his request owing to pressure from the apex court, given that a Supreme Court judge from the bench that heard the Panama Papers case was also supervising proceedings.
This is the same court that was also dealing with corruption references against former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and took several months to indict the accused.
For example, in a reference related to Naudero-II Rental Power Project, the same court took up the case in November 2013, but indicted the former PM in January 2014.