Court to indict three more accused in Dar graft reference on March 12

Pic03-059 ISLAMABAD: Jul 03 – Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar wiping his sweat while talking to media after appeared before Supreme Court formed joint investigation team (JIT), probing Panamagates case at its Secretariat in Federal Judicial Academy. Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar first time appeared today (Monday) before the investigators probing the corruption charges anchored in Panama Papers and trace the money trail of London flats and offshore companies owned by Sharif family. ONLINE PHOTO by S M Sohail

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court (AC)  will indict another three accused in the corruption case against former finance minister Ishaq Dar on March 12.

As the hearing resumed on Monday, Judge Muhammad Bashir ordered the other accused to provide copies of the charges against them after the court would set a date of indictment for them.

The accountability court has already declared Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Ishaq Dar a proclaimed absconder owing his absence from the hearings since last October.

On Monday, the court accepted additional references filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Dar case, which include 24 additional witnesses and three new accused individuals.

The accused are President of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) Saeed Ahmed, Naeem Mehmood and Mansoor Rizvi.

Ahmed on Monday appeared before the court along with his legal counselor Hashmat Habib. During the hearing, Habib argued that there are numerous obstacles in framing charges and requested the court to give accused time to read charge sheet against him.

The hearing was adjourned until noon after which the court ruled that additional accused will be indicted on March 12, when next hearing will take place.

On February 26 NAB had filed a supplementary reference containing seven volumes against Dar adding three new suspects namely, NBP President Saeed Ahmed and the directors of two companies owned by Dar, Mansoor Raza Rizvi and Naeem Mehmood having assets beyond known source of income in light of new evidence and accounts discovered during NAB’s investigation of the case.


Ishaq Dar, a close aide of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, is accused of holding assets beyond known sources of income.

The supplementary reference consists of seven volumes and accounts details of the additional accused persons, with transactions worth amounting $4.06 million, the NAB spokesperson said.



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