Court records statements of NAB witnesses against Dar

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court on Monday recorded the statements of three more prosecution witnesses, who testified against the former finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar, who is facing a corruption reference of having assets beyond his declared and known sources of income.

After recording the statements, the court judge Mohammad Bashir directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Imran Shafique to produce more witnesses against the accused on next hearing.

The court also issued notices to the National Database and Registration Authority’s (NADRA) Directors Warehouse and Operations and adjourned the hearing till January 26. Out of total 28 prosecution witnesses, 13 have so far recorded their statements.

In his statement, one of the prosecution witnesses Ali Akbar Bhinder- an Assistant Commissioner in Lahore stated that in response to the NAB summons, he appeared before the NAB’s Lahore office in August 2017 and presented the record of properties being owned by the spouse of Ishaq Dar.

He said according to the record he presented before the Bureau, Dar’s wife Tabassum Ishaq, had a two kanals and 19 marlas property in Tehsil Mauzoo Bhattiyan.

Syed Qaboos Aziz, an official of NADRA, who is facing suspension, and Faisal Shehzad, an employee of a private bank, also recorded their statements. The statement of Syed Qaboos Aziz will be completed on next hearing.

A corruption reference was filed against Ishaq Dar following the Supreme Court’s July 28, 2017 orders in the Panama Papers case. Dar is absent from the trail since October last year, when he went abroad for medical treatment.