Ishaq Dar in­dicted in cor­rup­tion case

Times of Oman - - WORLD -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan’s Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar was in­dicted by an anti-cor­rup­tion court on Wed­nes­day, but the close aide of ousted prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif pleaded not guilty to pos­sess­ing as­sets be­yond his means.

Dar’s in­dict­ment comes a day after the Ac­count­abil­ity Court de­cided to in­dict Sharif on Oc­to­ber 2 after the for­mer prime min­ster for the first time ap­peared be­fore it to face graft charges against him in the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal.

The 67-year old min­is­ter pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, terming them base­less.

Dar was swept up in the cor­rup­tion case stem­ming from doc­u­ments leaked from a Panama law firm, which ap­peared to show that se­nior of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Sharif, had undis­closed as­sets. An­ti­cor­rup­tion watch­dog Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) on Septem­ber 8 filed the case against Dar, 67, for pos­sess­ing as­sets be­yond his known sources of in­come fol­low­ing the July 28 ver­dict of the Supreme Court.

The apex court had dis­qual­i­fied Sharif as the prime min­is­ter and or­dered cor­rup­tion cases against him, his chil­dren Maryam, Hu­sain and Hasan and son-in-law Muham­mad Saf­dar.

Chaos pre­vailed out­side the ac­count­abil­ity court when Dar ar­rived for the hear­ing.

The doors to the court were shut for re­porters, and the fi­nance min­is­ter had to wait at least 20 min­utes be­fore he was al­lowed to en­ter the court premises from the back door.

The min­is­ter re­fused to ac­cept the charges read out by ac­count­abil­ity court judge Muham­mad Bashir and said his as­sets were in ac­cor­dance with in­come and he will prove it with ev­i­dence dur­ing the trial.

The court or­dered the NAB to present ev­i­dence and the NAB pros­e­cu­tor sub­mit­ted a list of 28 wit­nesses whom it would present in the court to tes­tify in sup­port of the charges. Full story @ time­so­fo­man.com/world

- Reuters

PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Pak­istan’s Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar is seen after a party meet­ing in Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan on Tues­day.

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