Pak Finance Minister faces corruption case trial

By Agency Published on Oct 16, 2017 12:09 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar again appeared before an accountability court here to face trial in a corruption case.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had registered three cases of corruption and money laundering against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court.

The cases were registered weeks after the Supreme Court disqualified Sharif as prime minister on 28 July in the Panama Papers scandal.

Dar, 67, appeared in the court but his chief counsel Khawaja Harris was not present due to some prior commitments. The court was informed that Harris would come later in the day.

Judge Muhammad Bashir then postponed the hearing till afternoon. Meanwhile, the court also rejected an application by Dar to exempt him from hearing yesterday.

The prosecution is set to present another witness against Dar. Earlier three witnesses have testified in the case, including Al-Baraka Bank Senior Vice-President Tariq Javed and Shahid Aziz of the National Investment Trust (NIT) asset management company during the previous hearing on 12 October.

Dar was indicted last month in the case in which he is accused of making assets, which are not in accordance with his known sources of income.