Accountability court to hear corruption reference against Ishaq Dar today | Pakistan

Federal Judicial Complex, Islamabad. Photo: File 

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing a corruption reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is expected to seize the surety bonds of the minister in case he is a no-show today. 

The minister has skipped the last four hearings of the case, filed by the National Accountability Bureau in light of the Supreme Court’s Jule 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case, on account of receiving medical treatment in London. 

At the last hearing, the court had issued non-bailable warrants after the minister failed to appear.

The court also issued a notice to Dar’s guarantor for failing to ensure the presence of the minister.

Judge Mohammad Bashir had ordered Dar’s guarantor, Ahmad Ali Qudoosi, to ensure the minister’s presence, warning that his surety of bond of Rs5 million would be seized otherwise. 

The finance minister is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income.

Dar’s counsel has requested the court to grant her client exemption from appearance on medical grounds and continue with the case by approving the appointment of a legal representative (pleader).

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