IHC to take up Dar’s petition challenging corruption hearing today


ISLAMABAD: Oct 3 (TNS):  The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will take up today Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s petition challenging his indictment by the accountability court hearing a corruption reference against him.

The corruption reference, pertaining to Dar’s owning assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, was filed by the National Accountability Bureau in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.

Dar, who submitted the petition on Monday, stated that he was indicted by the accountability court without giving him the mandated time and requested the court to suspend the indictment proceedings.

The finance minister said as he should be given time to file his response on the case, the court should order the accountability court to suspend its trial proceedings until a decision on his petition.

Dar was indicted at the last hearing of the accountability court on September 27.

He has denied all charges and vowed to prove his innocence in court.

The National Accountability Bureau submitted a list of 28 witnesses to the court, which it will now begin to produce from the next hearing on October 4.