ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court Wednesday warned Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to appear before the court within ten days otherwise, he would be declared a Proclaimed Offender.
The warning advertisement has been put on the notice board of the court against Ishaq Dar over his continuous absence in the hearing of the case regarding assets beyond known sources of income.
The ad warns Dar to appear before the court within 10 days or he will be declared a Proclaimed Offender.
The court directed to issue the advertisement on November 21 for Ishaq Dar, against whom the court has issued warrants.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) initiated the process to declare him a proclaimed offender.
The court granted the NAB’s request to initiate proceedings to declare him a proclaimed offender in the assets reference.
Submitting a report, Investigation Officer Nadir Abbas stated he visited Dar’s Lahore and Islamabad residences to execute the arrest warrants, but the accused was not found there.
Dar’s guarantor Ahmad Ali Qudoosi also failed to appear in today’s hearing.
The assets reference was filed by the NAB against Dar for amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income in compliance with the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.
In the previous hearing last week, the NAB court, declaring the former finance minister an absconder, issued a show cause notice to his guarantor to explain as to why his surety bonds worth Rs5 million should not confiscated for failing to ensure presence of the accused in the court.
Ishaq Dar is currently hospitalized in a London hospital. Hence, he skipped the hearing on November 21 despite the non-bailable warrants for his arrest.