Accountability court initiates proclamation proceedings against Ishaq Dar

Accountability court initiates proclamation proceedings against Ishaq Dar

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ISLAMABAD:  The accountability court on Tuesday initiated proclamation proceedings against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar while dismissing his application requesting the court to allow him to be represented by a pleader in his absence, as the finance minister yet again failed to appear before the court.

Dar’s counsel Qausain Faisal Mufti had earlier submitted a fresh medical report before the court and said the doctor would examine him on Nov 27 and has specifically barred him travelling.

In his arguments, Mufti said that there are no conflicting statements in the report and NAB has yet to verify the previous two medical reports as earlier directed by the court.

NAB prosecutor Imran Shafiq opposed the request saying the medical report doesn’t fulfill the legal requirements set in the Criminal Procedure Rules, 2014, of the United Kingdom.

He said no expertise and qualification of the doctor concerned have been mentioned in the report and no material upon which the doctor relied has been attached with the report either “and the report doesn’t contain a declaration of truth.”

He informed the court that the previous medical reports have been forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for verification and a reply is awaited.

He requested the court to dismiss the application and initiate proceedings under section 87 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Following the arguments, Judge Muhammad Bashir of the Accountability Court had reserved the verdict over the application.

Due to his no-show, the accountability court is expected to seize Dar’s surety bonds worth Rs5 million while NAB’s request to declare Dar as proclaimed offenders is also under consideration.

NAB has recommended placing the name of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on the no-fly list.

“After issuance of non-bailable warrant of arrest against Ishaq Dar, NAB has recommended the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to place his name on the ECL,” read a statement issued by the accountability watchdog.

Dar’s counsel had sought his exemption from personal appearance before the court for a period of three to six weeks contending that “much time is required by the doctors to give a final advice about Dar’s medical condition”. However, in its short order, the court last week rejected the request and issued Dar’s non-bailable warrant.

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