AC rejects Ishaq Dar plea for exemption

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ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court (AC) has rejected finance minister Ishaq Dar plea for exemption from appearance in assets reference.

Judge Muhammad Bashir of AC Islamabad took up for hearing NAB reference against fiancé minister Ishaq Dar Thursday.

Finance minister and his counsel Khawaja Haris did not appear in the court. Secondary counsel Ayesha Hamid represented Ishaq Dar in the court. NAB prosecution team and 4 witnesses were present in the court.
Only 3 out of 28 witnesses have been cross questioned so far.

Ayesha Hamid told the court Ishaq Dar and Khawaja Haris are in London. She presented petition seeking exemption for Ishaq Dar from attendance in the court. She also submitted medical certificate of Ishaq Dar.

Guarantor of Ishaq Dar told the court that Ishaq Dar was under treatment in London.

The court directed him to file his statement in writing.

The NAB prosecutor prayed the court to reject Ishaq Dar medical certificate and his petition for exemption. He also requested the court to issue non bailable arrest warrants of Ishaq Dar.

The court rejected both the NAB plea for issuing non bailable arrest warrants of Ishaq Dar and Ishaq Dar petition for exemption.

Counsel for Ishaq Dar told the court that it will be ascertained from test whether finance minister has to undergo angioplasty or open heart surgery. Diagnosis test will tell when Ishaq Dar can return to Pakistan.

The court ordered that bailable arrest warrants of Ishaq Dar would continue.

The hearing of the case was adjourned till November 8.

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