Hearing of Ishaq Dar Assets reference case under way

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Hearing of Ishaq Dar Assets reference case under way

Hearing of Ishaq Dar Assets reference case under way

Hearing of Ishaq Dar Assets reference case under way: Two prosecution witnesses will be recording their statements today in the accountability court which is hearing the Supreme Court directed corruption reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Ishaq Dar was late to the court due to which the judge had temporarily suspended the hearing until he showed up.

The hearing went under way as Dar reached the court.

At the last hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) submitted a list of 28 witnesses.

Today, NAB has produced two witnesses for recording their statement: Inland Revenue Commissioner, Lahore Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan and senior vice-president of Al Baraka bank, Tariq Javed.

The witnesses will be cross-examined by Dar’s counsel, Advocate Amjad Pervez.

Compared to October 2, when the Rangers had taken over security of the judicial complex and disallowed everyone, even the interior minister, to enter the premises to attend the hearing of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the police have complete control of the complex and the paramilitary force is nowhere to be seen.

Eight journalists have been allowed to cover today’s courtroom proceedings after a delegation of reporters reached an understanding with the court’s registrar.

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.

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