ISLAMABAD: The Court of Accountability on Monday granted a permanent exemption to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and asked for arguments on his plea to acquittal in the property beyond means case against him and others.
Court of Accounts Judge Muhammad Bashir, while hearing the case, approved Dar’s request for a permanent exemption from personal court appearance.
The Minister of Finance appeared in court with his lawyer. The court allowed Dar to go after marking her attendance. Dar filed through his lawyer three applications in court, including a request for a permanent exemption from appearing in court, an acquittal in the case and an annulment of the order confiscating his assets.
The court, after granting a permanent exemption to Dar, requested submissions from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the defense attorney regarding his motion for acquittal and his plea seeking the quashing of the forfeiture of his property at the next hearing to be held on November 16.
A citation against the PML-N leader was filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case. On December 11, 2017, the court declared Dar the main defendant as a proclaimed assailant for continuously remaining absent during court proceedings.
The other co-defendants in the case include former National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) chairman Saeed Ahmed; and Naeem Mehmood, and Mansoor Rizvi – two directors of Dar’s companies.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2022