PM Ab­basi ap­proves Ishaq Dar’s leave re­quest

The Miracle - - Pakistan - Source: dawn.com/news

Prime Min­is­ter Shahid .haqan Ab­basi on Wed­nes­day al­lowed “leave of ab­sence for ur­gent med­i­cal rea­sons” to Finance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, DawnNews re­ported. A no­ti­fi­ca­tion was is­sued by the Cab­i­net Di­vi­sion in this re­gard, a copy of which is avail­able with DawnNews. It is per­ti­nent to men­tion that the leave pe­riod has not been spec­i­fied in the no­ti­fi­ca­tion, how­ever, ac­cord­ing to law, the min­is­ter can avail med­i­cal leaves for max­i­mum three months dur­ing his ten­ure. De­tails re­veal that the port­fo­lios of Dar have also been with­drawn as he is not ex­pected to re­turn any­time soon. The prime min­is­ter has taken the ad­di­tional charge of Min­is­ter for Finance, Rev­enue and Eco­nomic Af­fairs. Ear­lier on Tues­day, Dar was de­clared an ab­scon­der by an ac­count­abil­ity court in Is­lam­abad in a cor­rup­tion ref­er­ence filed against him by the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB). Dur­ing an ac­count­abil­ity hear­ing per­tain­ing to Dar, who is ac­cused of amass­ing as­sets of an ap­prox­i­mate value of Rs831.7 mil­lion — dis­pro­por­tion­ate to his known sources of in­come ─ NAB’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Nadir Ab­bass told the court that a NAB team had vis­ited the min­is­ter’s res­i­dence in La­hore and Is­lam­abad after non-bail­able ar­rest war­rants were is­sued against him. How­ever, Ab­bass said, Dar was not found at ei­ther one of his res­i­den­tial ad­dresses. For some time now, the min­is­ter has been in Lon­don where he is re­port­edly un­der­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment. The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer claimed that the min­is­ter is in Lon­don to save him­self from the court’s ac­tion. Declar­ing Dar an ab­scon­der, the ac­count­abil­ity court said that steps will be taken to de­clare him a pro­claimed of­fender within 10 days.

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