Dar too challenges Panama case verdict

Following the footsteps of disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif, re-appointed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has also challenged the Supreme Court’s July 28 decision in Panama case and filed a review petition.

In the petition, a request has been made to the apex court to null and void it’s July 28 decision and to hold the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) references against Dar till the verdict on the review petition comes.

The NAB has summoned the finance minister to appear before the investigators on August 22 for a probe into his assets and funds.

NAB had summoned Dar second time as it begins its Supreme Court-mandated inquiry into the property and assets of the Sharif family and the finance minister. He had previously been summoned to appear before the investigators on August 18 but the finance minister chose not to show up.

In its historic verdict, Supreme Court on July 28 disqualified Nawaz Sharif. The five-member bench of the apex court also asked the NAB to file four references in the Rawalpindi accountability court within six weeks against the Sharif family in the light of evidence collected and referred by Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

NAB was also tasked to file four references including three against the Sharif family with regard to the family’s offshore wealth while the fourth one was against Ishaq Dar.

The Panamagate probe team, in its final report, revealed that Dar possessed assets and funds beyond means of his known sources of income.