ISLAMABAD: Ishaq Dar, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), failed to appear in the Court of Accountability on Tuesday to surrender in the Property Beyond Means case against him and d others while Judge Muhammad Bashir was on leave.
On September 23, Accountability Court-I Judge Muhammad Bashir suspended the arrest warrant for Dar who had been in London since 2017 until October 7 this year. The court also observed that it would consider permanently suspending Dar’s arrest warrants once he appears in court.
Dar returned home on Monday alongside Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to take over the finance portfolio, which he previously held.
Dar was supposed to appear in the Court of Accountability on Tuesday to surrender, but he did not show up because the Court of Accountability judge, Muhammad Bashir, was on leave.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and other PML-N leaders arrived at court over Dar’s court appearance; however, he learned that Judge Bashir was on leave.
After learning that the judge was on leave, he told the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr Akbar Nasir Khan, who was present, that they would appear in court again when the judge was there to the hearing.
When a journalist asked the Minister of the Interior this today, won’t he speak to the media? Sanaullah replied that today the judge of the court of accounts is on leave, so what should we talk about?
The same court, on December 10, 2017, declared Dar the main defendant as a proclaimed assailant for having continuously remained absent during the legal proceedings.
Other co-defendants in the case included former National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) chairman Saeed Ahmed; Naeem Mehmood and Mansoor Rizvi – the two directors of Dar’s companies.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2022