Non-bailable arrest warrants issued against Ishaq Dar

Non-bailable arrest warrants issued for Ishaq Dar

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An accountability court here on Tuesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for his prolonged absence from court proceedings relating to a corruption case.

He also ordered Dar's guarantor to ensure the minister's presence at the next hearing or be prepared to have the Rs five million surety bond confiscated.

As the court proceedings went underway, Judge Mohammad Bashir asked Dar's guarantor, Ahmad Ali Qudoosi, when Dar will appear before the court.

The court had further ordered to confiscate Ishaq Dar's surety bonds worth five million rupees if he failed to appear in the next hearing, and had chose to sustain his bailable arrest warrants.

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Qudoosi responded that Dar remains in London for heart treatment, and requires at least three to six weeks to fully recover from the ailment.

However, the court adjourned hearing of the case till Wednesday.

It is worth mentioning here that the accountability court had turned down Ishaq Dar's plea to get exemption from appearance on medical grounds during the previous hearing. The court had already endorsed the seizure of assets which had earlier been seized by the NAB authorities.

The charges against Dar followed an investigation into the finances of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a small salary from his son s off-shore company. AC Judge Muhammad Bashir took up the reference against Ishaq Dar for hearing, filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in compliance of Supreme Court orders in Panama papers case.

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