The Accountability Court declared Ishaq Dar a “Proclaimed Offender”

ISLAMABAD: The Accountability Court, granting the request of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), declared Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar a Proclaimed Offender and rejected his plea for exemption from appearance.

The NAB court issued a show-cause notice to Dar’s guarantor Ahmed Ali and summoned reply till November 24.

The court also remarked why should not Rs.5 million submitted by the minister be confiscated.

The court adjourned the hearing of NAB corruption reference against the finance minister until December 4.

Appearing before the court, Dar’s counsel Advocate Hussain Mufti submitted his client was advised from travelling owing to his condition as his medical checkup is scheduled on November 27.

NAB prosecutor Imran Shafiq said Dar is an absconder and pointed out some discrepancies in Dar’s two medical reports.

Shafiq said one medical report claimed that one of the blood vessels had ruptured but the latest report claimed otherwise, adding the NAB also contacted the foreign ministry for verification of the medical report.

The prosecutor pleaded with the court to initiate proceedings to declare Ishaq Dar as a proclaimed offender over his perpetual absence. Later, the court declared him as Proclaimed Offender.

Being hospitalized abroad, Ishaq Dar did not appear before the court.

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