Court in recess as Ishaq Dar’s bail guarantor fails to appear | Pakistan

The court notice regarding Ishaq Dar. Photo: Geo News

ISLAMABAD: The bail guarantor of Ishaq Dar failed to appear today in the accountability court hearing the corruption case against the former finance minister. 

As Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir began proceedings, Dar’s guarantor Ahmad Ali Qudoosi was a no-show. 

Court officials then shouted his name outside the courtroom but he still did not appear. The court then went into a recess to give time for Qudoosi to appear. 

On November 24, Qudoosi had requested the court not to seize the Rs5 million surety bond that he had submitted on behalf of Dar. However, the court had directed him to appear in person today and present arguments in his defence. 

The court had also issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). 

Moreover, the court has posted on its notice board the order directing the former finance minister to appear within 10 days. 

The notice, dated November 21, states that Dar should appear in person within the given time; following which he will be declared a proclaimed offender. 

NAB has filed a reference against Dar alleging that he owns assets which are disproportionate to his declared sources of income. The reference was filed on the orders of the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case. 

At the last hearing on November 21, the court began the process to declare Dar a proclaimed offender as the then finance minister was a no-show for the fifth consecutive time owing to his medical treatment in London. 

At the hearing, Dar’s counsel, Qusain Faisal Mufti, submitted his client’s third medical report and pleaded the judge to grant his client exemption from appearance. The counsel also requested the court appoint a legal representative (pleader) on Dar’s behalf so the proceedings can continue.

However, NAB prosecutor Imran Shafique opposed the plea and requested the court to begin the procedure of declaring Dar a proclaimed offender due to his continuous absence.

The judge dismissed the pleas of Dar’s counsel and issued a notice to Qudoosi, asking him to submit a written response on November 24 on why Dar’s surety bond of Rs5 million should not be confiscated.

The hearing was then adjourned until December 4.

In the hearing against the Sharif family by the same court, the judge had declared former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons Hussain and Hasan proclaimed offenders after they failed to appear in court despite repeated notices.

The process of declaring an accused a proclaimed offender includes publication of advertisements in the press, posting of notices at prominent places directing the accused to appear in court within 30 days, and seizure of assets. 

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