ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Friday hearing corruption references against former finance minister Ishaq Dar directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to submit details of the accused’s assets by October 1.
The decision was made during the hearing of a reference accusing the former finance minister of accumulating assets beyond known sources of income. NAB had requested court to issue orders for the sale of Dar’s movable and immovable assets.
The application was filed by the anti-graft watchdog’s prosecutor Imran Shafique under section 99 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and sub-sections (2) and (3) and also asked Judge Mohammad Bashir to appoint a beneficiary who would deposit the recovered amount to the treasury.
NAB maintained in the application that Dar was arrayed as an accused but fled the country without facing trial and ignored the summons and arrest warrants. Shafique recalled that court issued a proclamation under Section 87 of the CrPC and directed him to appear at a specified time but the orders were ignored hence Dar was proclaimed an offender.
The application stressed that more than six months had passed but the accused had consciously refused to appear before the court. Shafique further claimed the accused “faked an ailment”. “He has failed to justifty his unavailability.”
According to NAB, some of Dar’s properties were already attached by the court on November 2, 2017, while others remained beyond the jurisdiction of the court. Therefore, the bureau sought orders for attachement and appointment of a receiver.
The application prayed to the court appoint a district officer to receive and deposit the amount in the treasury and for the state to take possession of Dar’s movable assets.