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Finance Minister Ishaq Dar indicted in corruption reference

27 September 2017

During the brief hearing, Sharif informed accountability court Judge Muhammad Bashir that his wife was unwell and he needed to attend her. Ishaq Dar has been ordered to ensure his presence during the next hearing.

As per details, Dar appeared before the accountability court today [Wednesday], where no media representatives were allowed to enter.

The Supreme Court while announcing the landmark decision of Panamagate case, which caused the ouster of Nawaz Sharif on July 28, had ordered the NAB to file references against the Sharif family and Ishaq Dar within six weeks.

Once the charges against Dar were read out, he refused to accept the indictment and will now contest the case in the higher court, Geo TV reported.

The court directed the prosecution side to produce two of its witnesses on next hearing to record their depositions and adjourned the hearing until Oct 4.

On Monday, Judge Mohammad Bashir had handed over a copy of the reference filed by NAB to Dar's counsel, along with copies of related documents, which comprise 23 volumes. He was then allowed to leave the court.

It is pertinent to mention that this is the fourth hearing of the reference regarding Dar's assets beyond his level of income.

Ishaq Dar is facing Section-14C of the NAB Ordinance 1999, which deals with possession of assets beyond his known sources of income.

On September 8, NAB had filed a reference against Dar, and three separate references against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his children.

On Sept 18, the Lahore NAB wrote to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to remind them that since a reference was pending against him, "the bank accounts of Mr Dar may be cautioned".

After the issuance of arrest warrants, the NAB team raided the minister's house in Islamabad and questioned employees while telling them that they had an arrest warrant for the Federal Minister.