AC orders attachment of guarantor’s properties

ISLAMABAD – An accountability court on Thursday ordered to attach properties of former federal finance minister Ishaq Dar’s guarantor due to non-appearance of the accused in the corruption reference.

Accountability Court judge Muhammad Bashir, hearing of the reference against Dar, directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to attach moveable properties of Dar’s personal guarantor Ali Ahmed Qudoosi to the extent of his surety bonds worth Rs5 million after he also did not appear before the court despite court’s directives.

Earlier, the accountability court declared Dar a proclaimed offender and said that the trial will continue in the absence of the accused under section 512 of the criminal procedure code.

During the hearing, Alflah bank manager (operations) Azeem Khan recorded his statement and produced details of three bank accounts of Dar and his family.

The prosecution witness told the court that the NAB in August through a letter sought certain details from his bank that were provided. According to him, Dar opened the first account in the bank in 2001and that remained functional till 2012. The second account was opened in August 2012 and it remained functional till 2016 while the third account remained function from January till August 2017.

He also provided details of the Hajevri holding bank account and the locker in the use of Dar’s wife. 

Another prosecution witness, Faisal Shehzad of Habib Metropolitan Bank, could not appear due to the wedding of his sister. 

Later, the accountability court issued notices to five more witnesses to record statements at the next date of hearing. The witnesses include Wasif Hussain, deputy secretary cabinet division, Qamar Zaman deputy director ministry of commerce, Qaboos Aziz director national database registration authority, Sherdil Khan and Faisal Shehzad. 

The accountability court deferred the hearing till December 18.

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