Islamabad: An accountability court has issued bailable arrest warrants against Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after he failed to appear for a hearing in connection with a corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The court also rejected an application seeking Dar’s exemption from appearance in today’s hearing, the Dawn reported. The hearing was adjourned until November 2.
Proceedings in the trial court could not advance due to Dar’s absence, despite prosecution witness Abdul Rehman Gondal, the branch manager of a private bank in the parliament, being present with documents related to the minister’s bank accounts.
Dar’s counsel Khawaja Haris had said in the application that Dar fell ill in Jeddah and subsequently had to go to London for medical treatment after attending the 16th Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Ministerial Conference in Dushanbe.
He requested court to exempt Dar personal appearance in the hearing as he had to undergo a medical check-up in London. However, the NAB prosecution opposed the application and the court thereafter issued arrest warrants against the minister and asked him to appear on November 2.