ISLAMABAD - Finance Minister Ishaq Dar suffered heart pain while performing Ummrah in the last week of October, says his medical report submitted to the accountability court.

Dar, who is facing a NAB reference in the accountability in Islamabad, has submitted the report to the accountability court, mentioning that his ailment started during Umrah.

According to the medical report, a copy of which is available with The Nation, says, "Unfortunately, Mr Dar was unable to attend (the court proceeding) for his stress echocardiogram. Since then, he has been travelling extensively and, in the last few weeks, he has noted dyspnoea walking 4-5 minutes on the flat. Two nights ago, he had 11/2 hours of chest heaviness that had been building up over the day. He noted a similar sensation while exercising during his recent pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia."  

"He is to proceed directly to coronary angiography which I think is reasonable and I have arranged to do this on 3rd November at the Harley Street Clinic. In the meantime I have checked a troponin and changed his Atorvastatin to Rosuvastatin 40 mg od and have added in Ezetimibe 10 mg od,” says the report issued with the signature of Dr Christopher Baker Consultant Cardiologist on October 30, 2017.

Earlier, Dar's counsel Ayesha Hamid submitted his medical report to the accountability court on November 2, requesting Dar’s exemption from appearing in person on medical grounds.

On November 7, the accountability court ordered Dar to appear before the court on November 14, the next date of hearing. The accountability court rejected the NAB’s request to issue non-bailable warrants for Dar.