PTI reiterates demand for Dar’s resignation | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Leader Shafqat Mehmood on Monday reiterated his party’s stance and demanded Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s resignation as a warrant for his arrest has been issued. 

He further said it is strange that Dar is still at his current position in the finance ministry. 

Referring to the high-level PML-N huddle in London, the PTI leader questioned the reason behind the meeting and asked if another ‘London plan’ was being formulated.

Mehmood also asked if the party has shifted to London, as Nawaz did not hold the meeting in Pakistan and returned to the UK from Saudi Arabia. 

“What is the secret reason for calling the leadership to London?”

Criticising Nawaz and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, the PTI leader said corruption by the two leaders also comes under treason and added that the world knows how much wealth they have now compared to before. 

Mehmood had earlier claimed that the PML-N is falling apart and had claimed there was an ongoing power struggle within the party. 

The accountability court hearing the corruption reference against Dar issued bailable warrants for the minister today after the accused did not appear in court.

Dar has been ordered to appear in court at the next hearing on November 2.

The minister is accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of possessing assets which are disproportionate to his declared sources of income. 

The finance minister, a close associate of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, left for a conference in Tajikistan on Friday and reportedly then travelled to Jeddah where he fell ill. From there he went to London where his medical tests will be performed today.

Ishaq Dar’s assets

NAB is seeking the freezing of Dar’s six bank, properties and vehicles in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates as well as investments in both countries.

NAB also listed properties and assets of Dar as follows: A house in Gulberg, Lahore, a two-kanal plot in Parliamentarians Enclave, Islamabad, a two-kanal plot with Ayaz Builders (Pvt) Ltd, a plot in Senate Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad, a two kanal and 19 marla plot in the name of Mrs Tabassum Dar, three plots in Alflah Housing Society, Lahore owned by Dar, his wife and son Ali Mustafa Dar and six acres in Mouza Milot owned by him and his wife.

In the list of foreign properties and assets, the NAB mentioned a flat in Emirates Hills Dubai, owned by Dar, an apartment in Palm Jumairah Dubai, a 2003 Bentley Arnage car, a 2006 Mercedez, two sets of shares/investment in Baraq Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and shares/investments in Al-Nahayan owned by Ishaq Dar.

The list of cars in Pakistan include a 2004 Land Cruiser owned by Mrs Dar, a 1999 Land Cruiser, a 2004 Toyota Corolla, a 1998 Mercedez Benz, a 2008 Mercedez and a 2014 Land Cruiser.

Moreover, Dar and his wife have made an investment of Rs3,453,060 in Hajveri Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and Rs2,700 shares by in Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd.

NAB, in its application, informed the court of serious apprehensions that the accused, his dependents/benamidars might dispose of, alienate, sell, create charge or change the status of the properties/investments.

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