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IHC dismissed application filed by Ishaq Dar

25 October, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday dismissed a second application filed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar against his indictment by an accountability court in a corruption reference pertaining to ownership of assets beyond his known sources of income.

A two-judge division bench, comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, had reserved the verdict on the petition on October 11 after completion of arguments.

Dar was indicted by the accountability court last month. The minister’s lawyer said that he would approach the Supreme Court against the high court’s decision. “Islamabad High Court did not even hear our stance,” said Advocate Abdul Rehman, adding that it was Dar’s constitutional right to fulfil constitutional obligations.

Earlier this month, the IHC had rejected Dar’s first application challenging his ‘swift indictment’ by the accountability court in the assets reference.

Separately, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday submitted to the apex court its weekly progress report on the corruption references filed against the Sharif family.

The report was presented to Justice Ijazul Ahsan, who was appointed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar to oversee the proceedings of the anti-graft watchdog’s references against ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

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