Ishaq Dar appears in Accountability Court; trial underway

Dar appears before accountability court

Dar appears before accountability court

FC and 200 policemen have been deployed at and around the Judicial Complex for the hearing.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday reached accountability court to attend hearing of a reference related to assets beyond means filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Witnesses include members of the Joint Investigation Team, formed by the top court earlier this year in corruption cases against the then premier Nawaz Sharif and his family.

The Finance Minister also appeared before the court.

Federal Minister Daniyal Aziz and State Minister Anusha Rehman also arrived at the NAB court while PML-N workers are not allowed to enter the court premises.

Javed presented the bank account details of Hajveri Modarba, a company owned by Dar.

The NAB authorities had provided a list of 28 witnesses in the case on which the court directed the prosecution to produce two of the witnesses on next hearing, which is scheduled for today.

As the hearing began, the NAB witness Tariq Javed - who is senior vice-president of Al Baraka bank - presented some documents regarding the case and recorded his statement.

Only Ali recorded his statement with the court and was then cross-examined by Dar's counsel, Advocate Amjad Pervez.

In the case, which is pertaining to possession of assets beyond known sources of income, Dar was indicted on September 27.

Dar's counsel Khawaja Haris, in his arguments, contended that Ali was not a relevant witness as he was neither a scriber nor a custodian of documents produced by him before the court.

Dar challenged his indictment and trial in the Islamabad High Court but the pleas were dismissed with directions to take them to Justice Ijazul Ahsan, the Supreme Court judge monitoring the corruption references.

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