ISLAMABAD - Accountability Court Islamabad on Tuesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for wilfully avoiding the court proceedings and adjourned the hearing in the case till November 21.

The court also asked guarantor of Finance Minister Ahmad Ali Qadoosi about the whereabouts of Ishaq Dar and he informed the court that Finance Minister was in London in connection with his medical treatment and the process could take three to six weeks time.

At the outset of the court proceedings, judge Muhammad Bashir was informed that the Investigation Officer in assets beyond means reference against finance Minister was on way to court and would reach in a next 10 minutes.

The court was informed that as the Investigation Officer was to come from Lahore so he got a bit late and sought deferment in the hearing for half an hour.

At the same time, the junior lawyer from defence side informed that the defence counsel was busy in Islamabad High Court and sought a break in hearing till midday. The court accepted the plea and took a break till 12noon.

When the court took up the hearing of the case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar , defence counsel once again moved an application seeking exemption from personal presence of the accused in the case on health grounds but the court rejected the plea.

The court asked the guarantor, who had furnished a surety bond of Rs 5 million in favour of Ishaq Dar , why he was not appearing before the court.

Guarantor Ahmad Ali Qadoosi informed the court that the Minister was admitted to a hospital in London and getting treatment of heart ailment.

He further informed the court that he would take three to six-week to recover and travel back to the country.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel has furnished a report of serving bailable arrest warrants on Finance Minister.

The court was informed that investigation team went to the residence of Finance Minister in Islamabad where security in-charge Ali Akbar informed that he was in London and was unaware of his return schedule.

Prosecution argued that Finance Minister was wilfully skipping the court proceedings so his non-bailable arrest warrants should be issued.

The court accepted the plea and issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the Minister and adjourned the hearing in the case till November 21.

Meanwhile, National Accountability Bureau officials moved an application with the court seeking order to freeze another two properties of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar .

In the application, it was stated that two more properties in the name of Finance Minister and his spouse had surfaced and sought court’s validation of the NAB move of freezing it.

It was further stated that these properties were owned by Ishaq Dar and his spouse, which were later transferred in the name of trust.

The application explained that one of these properties is situated at MM Alam Road Gulberg III Lahore which right now is in the name of Hajveri Foundation while another one is situated at plot number 33 and 34 Holiday Park Ali Raza Abad Raiwind Road Lahore and is also in the name of Hajveri Trust.

Chairman NAB using his discretionary powers has ordered to freeze these properties and sought the court validation of the orders of Chairman NAB.