SC questions NAB on progress being made in Ishaq Dar’s case

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction over the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) indefinite delay in the recovery of the of assets from former finance minister Ishaq Dar over his failure to appear in court in a case pertaining to assets beyond known sources of income.
Reportedly, the court’s three-member bench has strictly inquired from the National Accountability Bureau’s prosecutor concerning certain issues pertaining to the case.
“We had ordered recovery from Attaul Haq Qasmi, Pervez Rashid, Ishaq Dar and Fawad Hassan Fawad,” the Chief Justice Saqib Nisar stated while asking how far has the NAB progressed.
The bench was hearing a petition to bring Ishaq Dar back to Pakistan.
Justice Ijaz-ul-Hassan remarked that the British government had sent a questionnaire to the NAB two months ago, whereas no meaningful progress could be made.
Meanwhile, the NAB’s prosecutor asserted that the foreign office has already written a letter to the British government.
The court adjourned the hearing for a month.
Earlier, notices were issued to the interior, finance, foreign affairs and information ministries, along with Dar and the FIA.

BACKGROUND:
A reference against the former finance minister was filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.
In its reference, NAB had alleged that “the accused has acquired assets and pecuniary interests/resources in his own name and/or in the name of his dependents of an approximate amount of Rs831.678 million (approx)”.
The reference alleged that the assets were “disproportionate to his known sources of income for which he could not reasonably account for”.
Dar, a former senator, has been in London since October last year on account of his medical treatment. Moreover, a reference against the former finance minister was filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.
Dar had earlier been declared a proclaimed offender by the accountability court due to his continuous absence from the proceedings.
In November 2017, then-prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had accepted Dar’s request to be relieved of his duties as the finance minister.

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