IHC halts AC from further proceedings against Dar till January 17

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Islamabad: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed Accountability Court (AC) to halt initiation of further proceedings in Assets reference against former Finance Minister (FM) Ishaq Dar till January 17.
Justice Athar Minallah of IHC while addressing NAB prosecutor gave him two options and inquired he wants to go with what option among the two. One is that the AC decision for declaring Ishaq Dar proclaimed offender be nullified and order be issued for completing the proceedings within 30 days and the second is that the proceedings of the AC be halted till next hearing.
NAB prosecutor Imran Shafiq told the court he wants to go with the second option.
A two members bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb took up for hearing petition filed by Ishaq Dar challenging AC verdict on declaring him proclaimed offender.
Qazi Misbah advocate appeared on behalf of Ishaq Dar during the hearing of the case. He argued that Ishaq Dar is under treatment outside the country due to his ailment and we want trial through representative. But AC has rejected our plea on this count. We don’t want to escape from court’s proceedings.
The court inquired that Ishaq Dar is only accused in the reference and he has gone abroad when.
The defence counsel told that the accused had gone abroad on October 23 and no trial is running in AC at present and only evidence are being recorded under section 514 in AC.
Judge Athar Minallah remarked under section 540-A the accused can be given exemption. Does section 540- A not apply to this reference?
The court inquired from NAB prosecutor AC had ordered you to get verify medical report of the accused. Have you got it verified.
NAB ;prosecutor told the court the reports have been sent through foreign ministry for verification. But no reply has been received so far.
Justice Athar Minallah remarked “ we are not medical specialist otherwise we would have constituted medical board on it. Medical board reviews the report and tells about the disease.
Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb inquired from NAB prosecutor as to why and how AC gave two days time for declaring the accused proclaimed offender. How can an accused be declared ;proclaimed offender without giving him 30 days time under criminal procedure.
The court while directing AC to halt proceedings against Ishaq Dar till January 17 adjourned the hearing of the case.

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