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Dar-the Grafter in NAB Today

Hearing of a lawsuit against Ishaq Dar, former finance minister, is held today, Friday, by NAB.

Mohammad Bashir, the judge, is hearing the lawsuit filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the often “sick” minister; like many other PML-N convicted leaders, for holding assets beyond the income. Dar has been staying in UK, London, since October 2017 for “medical treatment” with a given fact that in Pakistan we do not have good-enough hospitals for the ruling elites. His disease permits him to handily ostracize the court proceedings in response to the proclamation made by the court “declaring him an offender”.

During the previous hearing, the court documented statements of three prosecution witnesses. More witnesses were also ordered to record their statements.

Dar’s Welfare Trust—Hajvery Trust Case Reopened 

The NAB court also ordered, a day before yesterday, to partly revive the frozen bank accounts of former finance minister, Ishaq Dar’s welfare organization, the Hajvery Trust.

Islamabad High Court Order

An IHC division bench consisting of Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb rejected a petition filed by Ishaq Dar on the grounds of the issuance of his proclamation and initiation of ex-parte records by NAB.

Dar—The Proclaimed Offender

Declared by the NAB, a proclaimed offender, our former finance minister Ishaq Dar, skipped the last six hearings of the case. Dar was indicted on 27 September 2017 for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) leveled charges against him following the orders of Supreme Court on July 28, 2017.

NAB Reference

According to the NAB reference, “the suspect had assimilated assets and pecuniary interests/resources in his name or in the name of his dependents of an approximate amount of Rs.831.678 million as per the investigation conducted so far. The assets are disproportionate to his known sources of income for which he could not reasonably account for.”