NAB court adjourns Ishaq Dar graft case hearing till January 2

The Accountability Court adjourned the hearing of Ishaq Dar graft case till January 2nd after Islamabad High Court (IHC) orders. 

IHC barred the NAB court from declaring former finance minister proclaimed offender. 

As the hearing resumed, Judge Muhammad Bashir asked about the lawyers of Dar. Upon which NAB prosecutor Imran Shafiq told the court that no one appeared from Ishaq Dar’s side. 

The NAB prosecutor further said that institution has applied for IHC order as Judge Bashir asked about copy of orders. 

“We will get the order till end of winter holidays and we will see whether Ishaq Dar comes back or not,” Shafiq remarked. 

Yesterday, Islamabad High Court barred Accountability Court from declaring former finance minister Ishaq Dar as proclaimed offender in the assets reference.

A divisional bench of IHC , comprising Justice Athar Minhallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, stayed till January 17, 2018 the Accountability Court’s decision while hearing Dar’s petition challenging the accountability court’s decision of declaring him proclaimed absconder

During the hearing, Qazi Misbah, the counsel for Ishaq Dar, argued before the court that his client was suffering from cardiac problem and was currently in London for treatment.

He adopted that the accountability court continued its proceedings against Dar despite the submission of medical certificate to the court.

The counsel contended that the accountability court was conducting trial of his client in his absence and recording statements of prosecution witnesses.

He said that his client was not avoiding the court trial against him but he wanted trial through his representative due to his ailment.

In his counter arguments, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Imran Shafique maintained that the accused had no such sickness that could prevent him from returning home.

He added that witnesses were being testified under criminal procedure.

Justice Aurangzeb asked that how could a person be declared a proclaimed offender without being given 30-day time for appearance.

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