ISLAMABAD: On the request of the National Accountability Bureau, the Ministry of Interior has contacted Interpol regarding the issuance of a red notice for the arrest of former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader is currently in London receiving medical treatment, and the interior ministry has now initiated the process for his arrest and deportation via Interpol to face trial in an assets-beyond-means case.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has written a letter to Interpol for the detention of the former senator after approval to do so was given by the interior secretary.
Earlier this month, Attorney General for Pakistan Khalid Javed Khan had informed the Supreme Court that the interior ministry on the request of the Federal Investigation Agency had begun the process of issuing a request for a red notice.
It has been learnt that the request had not been forwarded at the time because the FIA had asked NAB to submit some additional documents for further submission to Interpol. These documents have since been submitted.
The former Senator has also been declared an absconder in the case owing to his continuous absence in the apex court’s hearings, even after repeated warnings of Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar.
On May 8, the top court had suspended the notice conferring Dar as a senator, ordering that the former minister cannot be a member of the upper house. An appellate election tribunal of the Lahore High Court had earlier granted Dar permission to contest the Senate election, setting aside an order of the returning officer (RO) who had rejected his nomination papers. On March 3, the former finance minister won a Senate seat as a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) backed independent candidate.