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NAB issued second notice to Ishaq Dar

21 August, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Sunday issued second notice to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to appear before it on August 22 and explain about assets accumulated by him beyond known sources of his income. Earlier, the NAB had summoned Dar for August 18, but he did not turn up. On the same day, NAB had requested the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to provide until August 25 details of all bank accounts, including credit and debit card vouchers as well as transaction statements, being operated by the finance minister and his family members.

The information requested from SBP will help in NAB’s ongoing inquiry against Ishaq Dar and his family members including his wife, sons Ali Mustafa and Mujtaba Hasnain, daughter-in-law Asma Ali and Saeed Ahmed, the incumbent president of the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP).

In its July 28 verdict in Panama Papers case, the Supreme Court had directed the NAB to file references against the Sharif family, Ishaq Dar and others. In compliance with the Supreme Court’s orders, the NAB had decided to file four references, including one against Ishaq Dar for possessing assets beyond his known means of income.

A Supreme Court-constituted joint investigation team (JIT), which probed the allegations raised against the accused by the Panama Papers, had in its final report noted that Ishaq Dar’s wealth had increased by a staggering 91 times, from Rs 9 million to Rs 831 million, within a very short span of time. The SBP will collect details from banks across the country, compile it and furnish to the NAB.

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