Dar challenges freezing of assets order in accountability court

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ISLAMABAD: Former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Wednesday challenged the freezing of his assets order in an accountability court.

In November, an accountability court endorsed an order by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to freeze all foreign and domestic assets of the former finance minister.

In his petition, Dar declared the decision of freezing his assets a violation of the law. On this, the accountability court had summoned NAB for a reply on January 10 in this connection.

An accountability court on Thursday endorsed an order by NAB to freeze all foreign and domestic assets, as well as properties, bank accounts and investments of former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, barring just one account which was with the Accountant General of Pakistan Revenue.

However, Justice Muhammad Bashir turned down NAB’s request to issue a non-bailable warrant for arresting the finance minister, keeping intact the previously issued bailable warrant for appearance before the court on November 8.

The court also directed Dar’s guarantor to ensure the presence of the accused on the next hearing while treating an application for exemption from appearance as an adjournment plea.