ISLAMABAD: During an eight-hour trial on Thursday, the counsel for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar continued to point out discrepancies in the prosecution’s evidence and, during the cross-examination of a prosecution witness, found certain documents to have been tampered with.
The accountability court of Islamabad also finished recording the testimony of a second prosecution witness, Shahid Aziz of the National Investment Trust (NIT), who was produced before the court by special prosecutor Imran Shafiq.
Proceedings started around 8:15 am and continued until 4 pm, with a couple of intervals.
Mr. Dar was accompanied to court by his cabinet colleagues Daniyal Aziz, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Anusha Rehman and Barrister Zafarullah Khan.
The ministers were quite active in the morning when proceedings began. But as the accountability court continued with its examination of a single witness until 1 pm, the ministers seemingly lost the interest and took to resting their eyes in the courtroom.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutors Wasiq Malik and Afzal Qureshi also took advantage of the witness’ lengthy testimony and napped for a while.
During the cross-examination, defense counsel Khawaja Haris drew the court’s attention to an original document regarding Mr. Dar’s investments which was produced by the witness, saying that it was different from the copy submitted to the court.
It emerged that the form carried stamps of two cities — Lahore and Islamabad — and seemed to have been tampered with.
When confronted with this detail, the witness said that while NIT kept the original form, a carbon copy was sent to Karachi, adding that the photocopy that was submitted to the court was sent to him by the Karachi office.