Ishaq Dar appears in accountability court

ISLAMABAD (web desk) – Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has on Wednesday appeared in the accountability court in connection with a reference filed by   NAB against him for possessing assets beyond known sources of income.

State Minister for CAAD Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Broadcasting Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha and Minister of State for IT Anusha Rehman are present in the court with the finance minister. The security has been handed over to police instead of Rangers.

Two officers of private banks, Tariq Javed and Ashfaq Ali, will appear before the court as NAB witnesses to record their statements while two other witnesses will be presented during the next hearing of the case.

The National Accountability Bureau had filed a list comprising 28 witnesses in accountability court who would testify against finance minister Ishaq Dar in case over alleged assets beyond means.

Wajid Zia, additional director general of the Federal Investigation Agency who led the Joint Investigation Team proceedings against Nawaz Sharif’s family earlier this year is among the witnesses. Reportedly eight officials of the accountability bureau are among the 28 listed.

Qaboos Aziz, sacked NADRA employee, representatives of Federal Board of Revenue, election commission, national investment trust, LDA and assistant commissioner Raiwind among other departments would testify.

It is worth mentioning here that the accountability court had indicted Ishaq Dar on September 27 and adjourned the hearing till October 4 (today).

The verdict was announced by judge Muhammad Bashir who also read the charge-sheet. Ishaq Dar was ordered to ensure his presence during the next hearing.

The finance minister had denied all charges that were levelled against him terming them false, and submitted surety bonds worth five million rupees as per directions of the court.