Ishaq Dar is under self-imposed exile, NAB tells IHC

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Ishaq Dar

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday told the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that former finance minister Ishaq Dar is abroad under “self-imposed exile”.
The remark was made in a reply submitted to the court by the bureau in response to Dar’s petition against being labelled a proclaimed absconder and having his assets frozen.
“An accused cannot file a petition in court through an attorney,” NAB said in the reply, adding that the accountability court deemed Dar an absconder under the law.
A proclaimed absconder needs to be present in court when asking for relief, the NAB contended.
The bureau also told the court that Dar’s assets were frozen after the required criteria was fulfilled.
NAB subsequently asked the IHC to let it continue its proceedings against Dar, adding that the former finance minister cannot be given treatment any other citizen is denied.
NAB also said that Dar’s medical reports do not indicate that he has any ailment of the heart and that he is under “self-imposed exile.”
The court will rule on Dar’s appeal on January 17.

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