Dar moves IHC against non-bailable arrest warrants

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ISLAMABAD: The counsel of former finance minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the accountability court’s issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants for his client.

The petition, filed by Dar’s lawyer Qausain Faisal Mufti in the IHC, also challenged the accountability court’s declaring the “one-leave” minister an absconder in the case.

The petition requested that Dar be exempted from appearing in court due to his poor health, informing the court that before falling ill, the minister used to appear in court regularly. The petition asked the IHC to allow someone else to represent the former finance minister in court so the accountability trial against him could proceed.

The accountability court judge, investigation officer and National Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal have been made respondents in the petition.

Non-bailable arrest warrants were issued for Dar on Nov 14.

On Nov 21, the accountability court declared Dar an absconder and warned his guarantor Ahmed Ali Qadoosi that his surety bonds worth Rs5 million would be confiscated if the minister did not join the trial proceedings. The guarantor, however, requested the court to grant extra time, so the court adjourned the matter for Dec 4.

Earlier this week, NAB pasted a proclamation against Dar asking him to surrender by Dec 4 as directed by the accountability court after his guarantor hinted that he might be back within the month. The notice was also pasted at Dar’s residences and he was warned of legal consequences if he continued to abscond.