Ishaq Dar corruption case: Panama JIT’s Wajid Zia a no show

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing the assets reference case against former finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar continued its proceedings on Wednesday.

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Dar, a close aide of Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif, is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. A reference against him was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.

As the hearing went under way, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Joint Registrar Sidra Mansur submitted in court documents related to two of Dar’s companies.

Moreover, SECP Deputy Registrar Salman Saeed also submitted details of Dar’s companies.

Earlier, Saeed had requested Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir for some time to present the records, saying the documents were on their way from Karachi. The court then briefly adjourned the hearing.

Former head of the Panama case Joint Investigation Team, Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia, did not appear in court today despite being directed to by the NAB.

He was summoned by the NAB as a prosecution witness.

During today’s hearing, the NAB pleaded the judge to issue a formal summons to Zia, to which the judge responded that he is the prosecution witness and should thus appear in court.

The judge observed that he will issue a summons if Zia fails to appear at the next hearing.

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