ISLAMABAD, Sep 20 (SABAH): Accountability Court Islamabad judge Muhammad Bashir has issued bailable arrest warrants of Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar in illegal assets reference case. The Court has directed Ishaq Dar to submit surety bonds of Rs 0.1 million along with one guarantor.
The court while directing Ishaq Dar to appear before the court personally has adjourned hearing on reference field by NAB against Ishaq Dar till 25th September. The court directed the NAB officials to ensure the presence of Dar at the next hearing of the case.
During the hearing the NAB officials presented the compliance report regarding the summons issued by the accountability court.
The protocol officer of Ishaq Dar, Fazal Dad informed the court that Ishaq Dar is out of country and due to engagements could not appear before the court. The court said if Ishaq Dar is out of country in connection with any official engagement then he should have conveyed the court about this. The court said that if Ishaq Dar will not appear before the court on next hearing the non-baliable arrest warrants will be issued against him.
The court in its order said that the summons issued by court was received by the personal driver of Dar, Imran.
The NAB prosecutor pleaded the court to issue arrest warrants to ensure Dar’s presence in court. Following this, the court went into a recess to decide on the bureau’s plea and returned with the directions of ordering bailable warrants of arrest for the finance minister.
The court ordered for submission of the bail bond of Rs1 million and adjourned the hearing until September 25, ordering Dar to be present in court at the next hearing.
When the hearing of the case was started on Wednesday the media was stopped from the coverage. The police personnel present outside the courtroom said they have no orders for allowing media persons to enter the court for coverage of the case. The acting registrar of the court while taking notice of the issue said that the media has permission to cover the case proceedings but they will not make an eye contact with the judge of the court during the proceedings as the making an eye contact with the judge is also falls under the contempt of court.