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Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for finance minister Ishaq Dar

14 November 2017, 06:15 | Glen Norman

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for finance minister Ishaq Dar

Ishaq Dar likely to lose ministerial slot

An accountability court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants for incumbent Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, the first in his National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references case.

The Judge had also ordered Dar's guarantor to ensure the presence of the minister on next hearing otherwise surety bond worth Rs5 million would be confiscated.

The court after a brief adjournment of the hearing issued non-bailable warrants for Dar's arrest.

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During hearing, the team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) submitted a report regarding the four bank accounts of Hussain Nawaz.

Ahmed Ali Quddusi was also present in the courtroom, and the judge asked him about the arrival of Ishaq Dar.

In response, Quddusi had said that, according to a November 6 report from a private hospital in London, Dar's recovery is expected to take another six or eight weeks.

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Judge Muhammad Bashir commented that have three weeks not passed yet?

Dar has not attended the previous three hearings in relation to his ongoing medical treatment in London.

They said in the meeting held in Lahore last Monday morning, the issue of the finance minister's replacement and others relating to the party's strategy to deal with the accountability court cases also came under discussion.

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The charges against Dar followed an investigation into the finances of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a small salary from his son's off-shore company. The lawyer had told that Ishaq Dar underwent angiography and his echocardiography is yet to be done.

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