Ishaq Dar appears in court for assets reference hearing | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing the Supreme Court-directed corruption reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will record the statement of two prosecution witnesses today. 

The finance minister was late to court today. As a result, the judge temporarily suspended the hearing until the accused showed up. 

As Dar reached the court, the hearing went under way. 

Dar was indicted last Wednesday by Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir.

Dar has denied all charges and vowed to prove his innocence in court. He had also challenged his indictment and trial in the Islamabad High Court but the pleas were dismissed. 

The references

The corruption reference, pertaining to Dar’s owning assets that are disproportionate to his known sources of income, was filed by the National Accountability Bureau in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.

After skipping his first hearing, for which a summons had been issued, Dar appeared in court on Monday after bailable warrants for his arrest had been issued to ensure his presence.

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