Ishaq Dar's sons own two towers in UAE acquired through illegal means: Imran Khan

Published: June 19, 2016
Court rejects defendant’s request to adjourn case till after Eid. PHOTO: INP

Court rejects defendant’s request to adjourn case till after Eid. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has hired former senator Babar Awan to represent him in a defamation suit filed against the party chief by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s son, Ali Mustafa Dar.

Awan submitted his power of attorney in the case to Islamabad additional district and sessions judge (East) Raja Khurram Ali Khan on Saturday. The court also rejected Khan’s legal team’s request to adjourn the case till after Eid and directed the PTI chief to submit his reply case by June 27.

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Ali Mustafa Dar had filed a defamation suit against the PTI chief for making “false statements” against the Dar family with regards to Panama leaks on May 26. The petitioner has demanded Rs5 billion from Khan in damages as well as a public apology.

In the petition, Ali has maintained that the PTI chief “made false and libellous statements against the plaintiff, his brother [Mujtaba Hasnain Dar] and his family” during a press conference on April 10.

Khan alleged in the press conference that the two brothers owned two towers in UAE which were acquired through illegal means, the petition said and added that these statements are “utterly false and fabricated and present a distorted and fictitious account of the facts”.

Ali denied Imran’s claims as being false and part of a malicious campaign of vilification against himself and his father. “The plaintiff is engaged in a lawful business in UAE and Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar has no shares or ownership in the HDS Group [Ali Dar’s real estate development firm in the UAE],” read the petition.

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The petitioner maintained that in 2003, his father gifted and loaned money to his sons from his declared earnings, which they then used as seed money and working capital to start their business in the UAE. All these amounts have also been disclosed in Ishaq Dar’s annual tax returns and ECP filings, the petition said.

Regarding Imran’s reference to a house owned by Senator Dar in Emirates Hills, Dubai, the petitioner said the senator did purchase the house in 2005 with a down payment of AED900,300, but he gifted the house to his sons in May 2011 with the condition that they would also pay the remaining 22 instalments o the property. “Senator Ishaq Dar does not own the aforesaid property in the UAE,” it said.

“Despite the fact that all this information is available on record, the defendant wrongly and illegally referred to it for ulterior purposes and political victimisation of the plaintiff and his father,” reads the petition.

Ali Dar said in the petition that he also served a defamation notice to Khan on April 15 but received no reply from him.

He has prayed the court to direct the PTI chief to pay Rs5 billion as damages to the plaintiff on account of defamatory statements. He has also sought a public apology from Imran as well as legal fees.

The court will take up the case on June 27.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Shuaib
    Jun 19, 2016 - 8:59AM

    If IK gets convicted, he will be illegible to stand for Parliament.Recommend

  • Jun 19, 2016 - 9:06AM

    This Khan must be hauled by a court once, so that he understands what it means to throw abuses at others.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 19, 2016 - 9:16AM

    If you are the Finance Minister of a country and you and your family have all their wealth and properties in another country……..what is one expected to think ? Recommend

  • Whatashame
    Jun 19, 2016 - 11:52AM

    They must also be billionaires in their early teens!!Recommend

  • amjad husain
    Jun 19, 2016 - 12:20PM

    Hiring of Babar awan means that IK will be another asif zardari. Babar awan is responsible for all the legal mess of asif zardari. This case will never be settled due to the shrewdness of Babar awan and it will haunt IK for a long time.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 19, 2016 - 12:22PM

    One is expected to get on with one’s life and think nothing ! Because a high percentage of affluent Pakistanis own property in Dubai, what of it ?Recommend

  • Jun 19, 2016 - 12:33PM

    Dollar Dar “gifted” the house to his son? Huh? Wha? To begin with,… Why buy
    a ‘house’ in Dubai? See, if your Liege Lord can do it, then there is nothing to
    worry about. If all your compadres in the cabinet are doing it, then no worries.
    His Liege Lord bought 3 palatial houses in posh Mayfair, London,, then simply “gifted”
    them to his three children. So simple. Buy then gift. This is how it’s done. Nothing to it.
    Buy then gift. Such a simple strategy. Then claim sanctimoniously…
    “I don’t own any property outside of Pakland.” ….then back the mullahs.
    Dollar Dar also “loaned” 4 million dollars [US] to his son in Dubai. Last year. The money
    has not “come back” yet. It’s still in Dubai.Recommend

  • doom
    Jun 19, 2016 - 1:55PM

    We should think that they have little confidence in the country that they are themselves in charge of running. In other words, they have little confidence in themselves as rulers/governors, and are sending us all an implicit message that we’d all be better off making investments in other countries rather than here.

    It does not necessarily mean that the money is illegal though, and Imran Khan should not have made that accusation without substantiation.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Jun 19, 2016 - 2:04PM

    The question is, how the money was sent to his Sons ? was it sent through legal means & is record of that transaction available ? that makes it all suspicious. Recommend

  • Raghu
    Jun 19, 2016 - 2:26PM

    Ishaq Dar is such a simple man. If he cannot find daal, he eats chicken instead.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Jun 19, 2016 - 2:36PM

    @Parvez: prove there ‘expectations’ in court, since reality and ‘expectation’ may not be the same.Recommend

  • Lolz
    Jun 19, 2016 - 2:36PM

    @Haji Atiya: What? how could you compare a public officer bearer with the rest? Ishaq Dar’s salary is my tax money and he is supposed to represent Pakistan in Pakistan unlike a business tycoon. The same blame goes for Shareef family as well. I suspect you still live in the world of Pharaoh. Recommend

  • Jun 19, 2016 - 4:26PM

    It should not be pick and choose. Mostly Pakistani elite class is corrupt including sacred generals.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 19, 2016 - 4:49PM

    Right, one hears this fallacious circular reasoning a lot ! First of all, what % of the population capable of paying taxes actually pay their taxes in Pakistan ? A very small number indeed, as estimated by independent sources ! So lets not talk about your “tax money”. Secondly, many say they would pay taxes but do not trust the authorities responsible for tax collection….however, the fact of the matter is that many wouldn’t pay anyway irrespective of whether they could rely on the authorities or not !Recommend

  • Rou
    Jun 19, 2016 - 6:05PM

    Imran Khan sees red in everything. He is a cry baby.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 19, 2016 - 6:20PM

    Speaks volume about the mental make-up of a man who has within his ranks a thorough jurist and loyalist like Hamid Khan but yet he chooses to hire the services of jaali degree holder who got booted out of none other than Asif Zardari’s inner circle for gross incompetence.

    Ah well, who care cares if Niazi gets his money’s worth here or not. Babar Awan’s services will either be covered by Jahaz Corrupt Tareen or Land Grabber Aleem Khan. If they wiggle their way out of it, then one can always fall back upon the sadqa/zakat funds of SKMH.Recommend

  • OSD
    Jun 19, 2016 - 6:39PM

    Imran Khan might not have a direct link to any financial corruption but he has been extremely disappointing in his habit of defaming everyone else. He should be held accountable because this is moral corruption and it is as damaging as financial corruption itself!Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 19, 2016 - 7:22PM

    Yeah, like you pay your taxes…lolz about that !Recommend

  • NDA
    Jun 20, 2016 - 1:32AM

    This is what the civilized world does. Ask for legal intervention. My hunch is Imran khan will not be able to prove any thing and will cut a sorry figure and might have to pay damages. A man like Ishaq Dar will make a such a challenges unless he is sure of himself. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 20, 2016 - 1:35AM

    Lo another big scandal. Dollar Dar purchases a villa in UAE & gifts millions to his sons. From where he earned that money . When Dar and his family have no confidence and interest in Pakistan they have no right to stay in Pakistan. It is strange that sons and daughters of ruling junta have villas and buildings outside Pakistan. Imran Khans statement be treated as FIR and investigatedRecommend

  • Gaz
    Jun 20, 2016 - 3:19AM

    Reading some of the comments here it feels like Pakistan had the world cleanest and corrupt free politicians, either that or Maryams cell is working over time.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Jun 20, 2016 - 11:44AM

    I agree with you. Ishaq Dar will never make such a challenge if he is not sure of himself. Same way he was 100% sure about money laundering of Nawaz Shareef when he submitted the Affidavit in court. Recommend

  • Lolz
    Jun 23, 2016 - 5:08PM

    @Haji Atiya: “fallacious circular reasoning” Dude, I am talking about the systems and procedures that are followed around the world by democracies whereas your argument is based on he say and they said. If systems however fail to deliver they are not abandoned to vacuum. This reasoning which you and other business community would call fallacious is the very basis of a state structure. That is why I suspected you live in the time of Pharaoh when systems were built on the basis of he say and they said and enforced with single will of a king in favor of a king. A king cannot be made accountable but a public office bearer would always be accountable to all the citizens, tax payers and non-tax payers. Recommend

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