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  1. Former PM Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz, Captain (retd) Safdar. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Former PM Nawaz Sharif has reached the accountability court along with his daughter, Maryam, to attend the corruption hearing against them. Nawaz's son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar reached the accountability court earlier. Judge Mohammad Bashir will shortly begin the proceedings. This is Nawaz's 13th appearance before the court, which has been conducting proceedings of three references filed against the Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. NAB withdraws plea against change in Maryam, Safdar's indictment NAB had appealed accountability court's removal of charges of submitting false documents from Maryam and Safdar's indictment in Avenfield reference The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London. The former prime minister earlier reached Punjab House and travelled to the Federal Judicial Complex, where the court is situated, along with his daughter. His party supporters and government officials, including the state information minister, had reached the court earlier. In today's hearing, three witnesses will record their statements against the accused. The references The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and another against the then-Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. Nawaz assails Imran over marriage controversy after corruption hearing Former PM Nawaz Sharif and his family are accused in three corruption references filed by NAB The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London (Avenfield) properties, and over a dozen offshore companies, including Flahship Investment Ltd, allegedly owned by the family. Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.
  2. Former finance minister Ishaq Dar/File photo ISLAMABAD: Former finance minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday filed a petition in the accountability court requesting it to unfreeze accounts of the Hajvery Trust. Dar, who is currently in London seeking medical treatment, filed the petition through his lawyer in the accountability court hearing assets reference filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). In his petition, Dar maintained that the Hajvery Trust is an organisation for orphans, where 93 orphan boys and girls are being looked after and for their sake, the court must unfreeze the trust bank accounts. After the initial hearing, the court issued a notice to the NAB prosecutor seeking response over the petition. NAB court adjourns Dar assets reference hearing till January 18 NAB special prosecutor submitted IHC stay order copy to the accountability court Dar is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. A reference against the former finance minister was filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. Dar had been earlier declared a proclaimed offender by the accountability court due to his continuous absence from the proceedings. On November 23, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accepted Dar?s request to be relieved of his duties as finance minister. He was relieved of his three roles, including his portfolio in the finance ministry.
  3. ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court ordered on Monday the appointment of judges at accountability courts across the country. The court sought a report in this regard from the secretary of the Law Division in two weeks. It also directed for submission of a report regarding the appointment of the National Accountability Bureau prosecutor general (PG). The directions were made by a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, while hearing the notice case regarding the appointment of the PG. During the hearing, the attorney general (AG) informed the bench that the appointment of a judge in the Islamabad Accountability Court will be completed in 10 days. He added that the PG NAB will be appointed in a week. The AG said further that he will consult the chief justice of the Islamabad High Court regarding the appointment of accountability court judges.
  4. Ishaq Dar/File photo ISLAMABAD: The accountability court on Tuesday adjourned hearing of the assets reference case against former finance minister Ishaq Dar till January 18. Justice Muhammad Bashir, hearing the reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the PML-N leader, adjourned the hearing after the NAB special prosecutor submitted a copy of the Islamabad High Court's (IHC) stay order to the accountability court. The IHC, after hearing Dar?s petitions earlier in December against the accountability court?s order declaring him a proclaimed offender and issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants for him, barred the accountability court from proceedings against the former finance minister till January 17, 2018. During the hearing on December 18, 2017 four witnesses had recorded their statements before the accountability court including private bank officer Faisal Shahzad, Director National Assembly Sher Dil Khan, Director Ministry Commerce Qamar Zaman and Deputy Secretary Cabinet Division Wasif Hussain. Witness Faisal Shahzad had also submitted details of bank accounts of Dar's wife before the court. The court had directed NAB to submit its report pertaining to confiscation of properties of Dar and his guarantors and dismissed Dar's request to appoint Qazi Misbah as his counsel. Dar assets reference: Accountability court adjourns hearing till Jan 2 Islamabad High Court has barred the accountability court from proceedings against the former finance minister till January 17, 2018 Dar is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. A reference against the former finance minister was filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. Dar had been earlier declared a proclaimed offender by the accountability court due to his continuous absence from the proceedings. On November 23, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accepted Dar?s request to be relieved of his duties as finance minister. He was relieved of his three roles, including his portfolio in the finance ministry.
  5. Ishaq Dar/File photo ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has barred the accountability court from proceedings against former finance minister Ishaq Dar till January 17, 2018. Hearing Dar?s petitions against the accountability court?s order declaring him a proclaimed offender and issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants for him, a two-member IHC bench granted a stay on the accountability court?s proceedings against the PML-N leader till January 17, 2018. Justice Athar Minullah and Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurengzeb heard the petitions. The accountability court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Dar on Nov 14. On Nov 21, the court had declared him an absconder and warned his guarantor, Ahmed Ali Qadoosi, that his surety bonds worth Rs5 million would be confiscated if Dar failed to join the trial proceedings. In a hearing on Dec 14, the accountability court had declared Dar a proclaimed offender and sought a report on properties and assets of his guarantor from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Dar had subsequently moved the IHC against the issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants for him and an order declaring him a proclaimed offender. IHC grants stay on property confiscation order against Dar?s guarantor Islamabad High Court heard the petition filed by Dar?s guarantor Ahmed Ali Qadoosi against the judgment of the accountability court Earlier on Tuesday, the IHC granted a 24-hour stay on the accountability court?s judgment about confiscation of property of Dar?s guarantor. Hearing the petition filed by Dar?s guarantor Ahmed Ali Qadoosi against the judgment of the accountability court, the IHC granted a 24-hour stay on the order, a day after the investigation officer of the NAB submitted details of the guarantor?s movable properties to the accountability court. Dar is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. A reference against the former finance minister was filed by the NAB in the accountability court in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.
  6. Nawaz Sharif arrives at accountability court/Geo News screengrab LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, appeared before the accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday. The accountability court has been conducting proceedings of three references filed against the Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. The references pertain to Al-Azizia Steel Mills, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties allegedly owned by the Sharifs. The former premier is accused in all three references ? Al Azizia, Avenfield and Flagship Investment ? whereas his daughter Maryam and Safdar are accused in only one: Avenfield (London flats). Dual standard of law won?t be accepted: Nawaz 'Everything we have said about double standards is being proven right' This is Nawaz's 10th appearance before the accountability court. The court has so far held 16 hearings each of Flagship Investment and their Avenfield properties references, and 20 of Al-Aziza Steel Mills. So far, eight witnesses have recorded their statement on behalf of the prosecution, whereas the court has summoned two more witnesses to record their testimonies during Tuesday's hearing. It has been learnt that witnesses, Yasir Bashir and Shakil Anjum Nagra, will record their statements in Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield properties references. Nawaz, along with daughter Maryam, left his Jati Umrah residence for Islamabad early Tuesday. The former premier and his daughter reached the capital through a special plane. Nawaz welcomed upon arrival in Islamabad/Geo News screengrab It has been further learnt that Nawaz will hold consultation with members of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) at the Punjab House, Islamabad. The last hearing of the case was conducted on December 11, during which a witness recorded his statement while another was cross-examined in the corruption references against the Sharif family. The references The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and another against the then-Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. Witnesses cross-examined, record statement in Sharif family corruption references Former PM Nawaz Sharif is accused in three corruption cases; daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar in one The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties, and over dozen offshore companies allegedly owned by the family. Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfield properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on. The judge also provided a copy of the reference ? spread over 53 volumes ? to Maryam and Safdar. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets. NAB team tasked with collecting evidence of Sharif family properties returns from London The NAB team tasked with collecting evidence of properties belonging to the Sharif family returned to Pakistan from London earlier today. Sources said the team failed to make any headway during the visit.
  7. LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, will appear before an accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday (today). The accountability court has been conducting proceedings of three references filed against the Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. The references pertain to Al-Azizia Steel Mills, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties allegedly owned by the Sharifs. The former premier is accused in all three references ? Al Azizia, Avenfield and Flagship Investment ? whereas his daughter Maryam and Safdar are accused in only one: Avenfield (London flats). Dual standard of law won?t be accepted: Nawaz 'Everything we have said about double standards is being proven right' This would be Nawaz's 10th appearance before the accountability court. The court has so far held 16 hearings each of Flagship Investment and their Avenfield properties references, and 20 of Al-Aziza Steel Mills. So far, eight witnesses have recorded their statement on behalf of the prosecution, whereas the court has summoned two more witnesses to record their testimonies during Tuesday's hearing. It has been learnt that witnesses, Yasir Bashir and Shakil Anjum Nagra, will record their statements in Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield properties references. Nawaz, along with daughter Maryam, left his Jati Umrah residence for Islamabad early Tuesday. The former premier and his daughter will reach the capital through a special plane. It has been further learnt that Nawaz will hold consultation with members of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) at the Punjab House, Islamabad. Earlier on December 11, a witness recorded his statement while cross-examination of another was conducted as the accountability court resumed proceedings of the references against the Sharifs. The references The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and another against the then-Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. Witnesses cross-examined, record statement in Sharif family corruption references Former PM Nawaz Sharif is accused in three corruption cases; daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar in one The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties, and over dozen offshore companies allegedly owned by the family. Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfield properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on. The judge also provided a copy of the reference ? spread over 53 volumes ? to Maryam and Safdar. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.
  8. Ishaq Dar - File Photo ISLAMABAD: An accountability court resumed hearing of the corruption reference against Ishaq Dar and was presented with details of the accused?s bank accounts. Dar, a serving senator, is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. The case was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. Dar has been declared a proclaimed offender in the case owing to his continuous absence from the proceedings owing to the medical treatment in London. As the hearing resumed on Thursday, Lahore-based bankers Faisal Shehzad and Muhammad Azeem, appeared before the court. The court had also re-summoned Masoodul Ghani and Abdul Rehman Gondal but later allowed the witnesses to leave as their statements were already recorded. However, Azeem submitted details of accounts of Dar and his family. He informed the court that NAB had asked for the details in August this year. He said Dar?s first account was operated from 2001 to 2012, second from Aug 2012 to Dec 2016 and third from Jan 2017 to Aug 2017. The witness also presented details of Hajvery Holding Company?s account in court as well as the record of the locker operated in Dar and his wife?s name. As the hearing went underway, the court was informed that Shehzad was unable to appear in court due to the wedding of his sister. Later, recording his statement, Rehman provided the income records of Dar from the years 2005 to 2017. The court then adjourned the hearing until December 18, when it has summoned five more witnesses: Cabinet Division Deputy Secretary Wasif Hussain, Commerce Deputy Director Qamar Zaman, former NADRA official Qaboos Aziz, National Assembly Director Sher Dil Khan and private bank official Faisal Shehzad. The court also ordered Dar's bail guarantor, Ahmed Ali Qudoosi, to appear before it at 12:30pm today and submit the Rs5 million surety bond as it now stands forfeited due to Dar's absence. As Qudoosi failed to appear in court, the judge ordered the investigation officer to gather details of his properties and assets to submit in court. Failure to submit the surety amount results in confiscation of the guarantor's assets and properties. The NAB?s prosecution team has submitted a list of 28 people as witnesses in the case, and have up till now recorded statements of as many as five witnesses in the case. On November 23, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accepted Dar?s request to be relieved of his duties as the finance minister, reported Geo News. Dar was relieved of his three roles, including his portfolio in the finance ministry, and was informed of the decision. Sources had said Dar would remain a federal minister as a leave of absence of three months has been granted to him.
  9. Former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Photo:File ISLAMABAD: An accountability court corruption reference hearing against former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is underway at the federal juridical complex. Dar is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. The case was filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. In today?s hearing court summoned two Lahore-based bankers, Faisal Shehzad and Muhammad Azeem. Meanwhile, the court also re-summoned Masod-ul-Ghani and Abdul Rehman Gondal but later allowed the respondents to leave the court as their statements were already recorded. Abdul Rehman Gondal provided income records of Dar from the years, 2005 to 2017, while the other witness Shehzad was not able to appear before the court because of his personal commitments. Accountability court declares Ishaq Dar proclaimed offender Former finance minister is facing NAB reference in accountability court The NAB?s prosecution team has submitted a list of 28 people as witnesses in the case, and have up till now recorded statements of as many as five witnesses in the case. The accountability court has declared Dar, a proclaimed offender, due to his continued absence from the proceedings. The former finance minister has been in London for over a month due to medical treatment. On November 23, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accepted Dar?s request to be relieved of his duties, reported Geo News. Dar was relieved of his three roles, including his portfolio in the finance ministry, and was informed of the decision. Sources had said Dar would remain a federal minister as a leave of absence of three months has been granted to him.
  10. ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Monday issued an order declaring sons of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Hussain and Hasan Nawaz, as proclaimed offenders. The Nawaz brothers were declared proclaimed offenders in three NAB references. NAB also presented a report in court regarding property owned by the brothers, which stated that the accountability bureau did not find any property in the country owned by them. According to NAB section 502, witnesses will also now record their statements in the case. The accountability court further ordered the authorities to present the accused before the court when they are arrested. The brothers, who reside outside Pakistan, are accused in all three references ordered by the Supreme Court in its July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case: Avenfield properties, Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and Flagship Investment Ltd. At a hearing of the references on October 9, Judge Mohammad Bashir had accepted NAB's plea to declare Hussain and Hasan proclaimed offenders and separated their proceedings in the three references filed against them. Their non-bailable arrest warrants, issued on October 2, remain in effect. The judge had also directed for initiating the process of declaring them proclaimed offenders. This involved publication of notices in newspapers directing the accused to appear in court. Failure to do so would result in seizure of property and issuance of further warrants. On October 12, NAB posted the court's proclamation order on the main gate of the Sharif family's residences in Jati Umra and Model Town, Lahore. NAB Rawalpindi had stated the action was taken in light of the accountability court's directions for the initiation of the process to declare them proclaimed offenders, as they failed to show up in the court's last hearing. The court had also ordered the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to freeze the assets of Hasan and Hussain.
  11. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif accompanied by his daughter Maryam Nawaz appeared on Monday before the Federal Judicial Complex, which is hearing corruption references against the three. Captain (retd) Safdar also appeared before the court. The court will resume the case at 1pm. Nawaz is facing three corruption references in the accountability court filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case which led to his disqualification. Maryam and Safdar are named in one reference. The accountability court in the the hearing on November 28 had not conducted any proceedings due to the absence of the defence counsel. Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar had, however, appeared before the court. IHC to announce verdict on Nawaz?s plea The Islamabad High Court will announce the verdict Nawaz's plea to club all his National Accountability Bureau references today. The accountability court on November 8 had again dismissed Nawaz's plea seeking the clubbing of three references into one, which was later challenged in the IHC. At the hearing on November 20, Nawaz's lawyer pointed out similarities between the Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment references, pleading that they be combined. Nawaz's counsel Azam Nazir Tarar argued before the two-member bench that the accountability court had noted the similarities between the references. The lawyer told the bench that the accountability court had decided against clubbing the three references ? Avenfield, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment ? without waiting for the IHC verdict on the matter. The bench then reserved its decision after hearing NAB's version on the matter. On November 14, the IHC had sent notices to NAB on the petition. Nawaz's petition pleads the IHC to direct the accountability court ?to frame one charge and conduct a single trial? against the Sharif family in the three corruption references. Nawaz's petition pleads the IHC to direct the accountability court ?to frame one charge and conduct a single trial? against the Sharif family in the three corruption references.
  12. Former PM Nawaz Sharif (centre) earlier this year. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing three corruption cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family adjourned the hearing of the Al Azizia Steel Mills case until tomorrow due to the absence of lawyers and witnesses. Sharif?s counsel and the prosecution's witnesses were unable to attend the hearing due to roadblocks in the capital city due to a sit-in by a religious party. Judge Muhammad Bashir adjourned the hearing before the proceedings started. Nawaz's son-in-law MNA Captain (retd) Safdar, also an accused in the case, arrived at the judicial complex for the hearing on Monday. He told the media that he failed to contact anyone, including Nawaz, with regards to today's hearing. ?Witnesses from Lahore also couldn?t reach Islamabad today,? Safdar added. Meanwhile, at the last hearing, four prosecution witnesses recorded their statements and were cross-examined. Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. Nawaz and his two sons, Hussain and Hasan, are nominated in all three references whereas Maryam and Safdar are only accused in one.
  13. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/4e0331f60cebf8b5509cba02148cf9cf.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMTQvMjAxNyA2OjQ5OjM3IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9ZVNrbUg3NjRyNnVpRlF5aU1YMVFidz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has challenged the accountability court's decision to dismiss his plea to club three corruption references against him and his family into one. Nawaz has challenged the decision in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) through his lawyer Azam Tarar, stating that the verdict was given in haste and the accountability court did not take into account the points in the earlier IHC verdict. The petition pleads the IHC to direct the accountability court ?to frame one charge and conduct a single trial? against the Sharif family in the three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau. The IHC should also suspend accountability court proceedings till the framing of a joint charge against the Sharifs, the petition requests. The petitioner has also requested the IHC to take up the plea as soon as possible and dismiss the trial court's order. The accountability court hearing corruption cases against Nawaz Sharif and his family dismissed his plea to club references on November 8. The plea was heard by the court on the orders of IHC, after initially dismissing the plea. Nawaz Sharif?s plea to club references dismissed; former PM indicted in person Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption references filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case The corruption references were filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case. Nawaz and his two sons, Hussain and Hasan, are nominated in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and her husband are only accused in one. Charges different in all cases: accountability court The detailed accountability court order dismissing the plea was issued on November 10, stating that the three references comprise different charges, as opposed to the petitioner's claim that the accusations are the same. The judge stated in his ruling that only two witnesses are common among the three references, denying another assertion by Nawaz in his petition. The judge also remarked that the petitioner wanted to make things easier for himself by getting the three references clubbed.
  14. Federal Courts Complex, Islamabad. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing the corruption case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will resume its proceedings shortly. The minister, who has skipped the previous three hearings on account of medical treatment in London, is accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. During today's hearing, the NAB is expected to seek endorsement of seizure of two more assets of the minister ? two plots on Lahore's Raiwind Road. At the last hearing, Dar's secondary counsel, Ayesha Hamid, requested the court to grant her client exemption from appearance on medical grounds and continue with the case by approving the appointment of a legal representative (pleader). However, Judge Mohammad Bashir dismissed the request and ordered the continuation of the bailable warrants. Court rejects Ishaq Dar's exemption request; bailable warrants continue The finance minister's counsel requested the court to exempt his client on medical grounds He also ordered Dar's guarantor to ensure the minister's presence at the next hearing or be prepared to have the Rs5 million surety bond confiscated. Dar's assets frozen At the Nov 2 hearing, the accountability court approved NAB's request to freeze Dar's assets. All accounts belonging to Dar, except those operated by accountant general revenue, were to be frozen after the court order. The bureau froze the assets after its chairman ordered to do so on October 18 but it needed the court's endorsement as according to NAB laws, the order is only valid for 15 days. NAB was seeking the freezing of Dar's six bank, properties and vehicles in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates as well as investments in both countries. Court approves NAB request to freeze Dar?s assets Finance minister is accused by NAB of possessing assets beyond his known sources of income NAB has listed the properties and assets of Dar as follows: A house in Gulberg, Lahore, a two-kanal plot in Parliamentarians Enclave, Islamabad, a two-kanal plot with Ayaz Builders (Pvt) Ltd, a plot in Senate Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad, a two kanal and 19 marla plot in the name of Mrs Tabassum Dar, three plots in Alflah Housing Society, Lahore owned by Dar, his wife and son Ali Mustafa Dar and six acres in Mouza Milot owned by him and his wife. In the list of foreign properties and assets, the NAB mentioned a flat in Emirates Hills Dubai, owned by Dar, an apartment in Palm Jumairah Dubai, a 2003 Bentley Arnage car, a 2006 Mercedez, two sets of shares/investment in Baraq Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and shares/investments in Al-Nahayan owned by Ishaq Dar. The list of cars in Pakistan include a 2004 Land Cruiser owned by Mrs Dar, a 1999 Land Cruiser, a 2004 Toyota Corolla, a 1998 Mercedez Benz, a 2008 Mercedez and a 2014 Land Cruiser. Moreover, Dar and his wife have made an investment of Rs3,453,060 in Hajveri Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and Rs2,700 shares by in Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd. NAB, in its application, had informed the court of serious apprehensions that the accused, his dependents/benamidars might dispose of, alienate, sell, create charge or change the status of the properties/investments.
  15. ISLAMABAD: The detailed court order dismissing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's petition seeking to club the three corruption references against him into one was released on Friday. Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir released the nine-page order, which had earlier been delivered verbally during the hearing on November 8.
  16. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will not appear before the accountability court hearing a corruption reference against him today as well, sources in the Finance Ministry informed Geo News. The minister is accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of possessing assets which are disproportionate to his declared sources of income. Dar also did not appear before the accountability court in the last hearing of the case on November 2. The finance minister?s counsel will present his client?s medical reports in the court. The counsel will also request the court to adjourn Dar?s hearing. Last hearing In the last hearing of the case, the accountability court approved the request by the NAB to freeze the assets of Dar. A request by Dar to spend Rs0.6 million monthly from the accounts for personal expenses was also rejected by the court. All accounts belonging to Dar, except those operated by accountant general revenue, were to be frozen after the court order. The accountability court also ordered that the bailable warrants against the minister would continue as he did not appear in court. The NAB team, as well as four witnesses ? all officials of various private banks ? were present in court. Dar's counsel submitted the minister's medical certificate in court and sought an exemption from appearance. The minister's guarantor informed the court that Dar is in London for medical treatment. After NAB Prosecutor Imran Shafique opposed the request and sought non-bailable arrest warrants, the court reserved its decision on the plea. Ishaq Dar's assets The bureau froze the assets after its chairman ordered to do so on October 18 but it needed the court's endorsement as according to NAB laws, the order is only valid for 15 days. NAB was seeking the freezing of Dar's six bank, properties and vehicles in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates as well as investments in both countries. NAB has listed the properties and assets of Dar as follows: A house in Gulberg, Lahore, a two-kanal plot in Parliamentarians Enclave, Islamabad, a two-kanal plot with Ayaz Builders (Pvt) Ltd, a plot in Senate Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad, a two kanal and 19 marla plot in the name of Mrs Tabassum Dar, three plots in Alflah Housing Society, Lahore owned by Dar, his wife and son Ali Mustafa Dar and six acres in Mouza Milot owned by him and his wife. Court approves NAB request to freeze Dar?s assets Finance minister is accused by NAB of possessing assets beyond his known sources of income In the list of foreign properties and assets, the NAB mentioned a flat in Emirates Hills Dubai, owned by Dar, an apartment in Palm Jumairah Dubai, a 2003 Bentley Arnage car, a 2006 Mercedez, two sets of shares/investment in Baraq Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and shares/investments in Al-Nahayan owned by Ishaq Dar. The list of cars in Pakistan include a 2004 Land Cruiser owned by Mrs Dar, a 1999 Land Cruiser, a 2004 Toyota Corolla, a 1998 Mercedez Benz, a 2008 Mercedez and a 2014 Land Cruiser. Moreover, Dar and his wife have made an investment of Rs3,453,060 in Hajveri Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and Rs2,700 shares by in Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd. NAB, in its application, had informed the court of serious apprehensions that the accused, his dependents/benamidars might dispose of, alienate, sell, create charge or change the status of the properties/investments.
  17. Without accountability for all and accountability across the board our current partial and political process shalll remain controversial,? Bilawal tweeted KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Tuesday that it is unfortunate that the suggestion aimed at bringing judges and generals into the purview of accountability laws has been rejected by the designated parliamentary committee. ?It?s is unfortunate parliament did not pass a more robust accountability bill. Without accountability for all and accountability across the board our current partial and political process shalll remain controversial,? [sic] he tweeted. This is in contrast to the position his party held at the 16th meeting of the parliamentary committee on NAB laws last Wednesday, in which all parties, including the ruling party and PPP, agreed to not bring judges and generals under the ambit of the proposed National Accountability Commission (NAC), media reports stated. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which also had vowed to bring such a bill, backtracked from its stance in the meeting. Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani during a Senate session on Thursday said that there is no need to bring such a law if there was no provision of accountability of judges and generals, The News reported. If it was necessary, some amendments could be made in the existing National Accountability Ordinance, he said. Waving a copy of his PPP chairman's statement that there should be across-the-board accountability, PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar had said he was in a fix why his party had to backtrack at the eleventh hour by agreeing military and judiciary should not be made accountable. Babar literally begged the chair to give him more time as he wanted to speak his heart out after the chair asked him to conclude his speech. Talking on the way forward, he said that enforcing accountability seemed a distant goal, and in such a situation, he said there was left only one option: tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. In August, leaders of the two parties had also agreed to form a new body to replace the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), proposing that the bureau would only be able to probe federal institutions. No agreement, however, was reached on the issue.
  18. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, along with Maryam Nawaz, reached Islamabad from Lahore on Monday to appear before the accountability court on Tuesday. Nawaz will be holding a meeting at Punjab house to discuss political strategy and course of action for the general elections in 2018. Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and ministers will be attending the PML-N meeting. Earlier on October 26, the accountability court hearing corruption references against the Sharif family issued bailable warrants for former premier Nawaz Sharif in two references. Bailable warrants issued for Nawaz; hearing adjourned until Nov 3 Warrants issued with regards to Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment Ltd references against Nawaz; notices sent to former PM's bail guarantor in London flats reference The hearing was then adjourned until November 3, with the last chance for the former premier to ensure his presence in court. The cases have been filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's order in the Panama Papers case. At the hearing on October 19, Nawaz, in his absence, was indicted in the Avenfield properties case alongside Maryam and Safdar. Nawaz has also been indicted in the two other references against him. As Nawaz was in London, he was represented by his legal representative Zafir Khan who heard the charges and pleaded not guilty. The references The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family. Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfiled properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on. The judge also provided a copy of the reference ? spread over 53 volumes ? to Maryam and Safdar. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.
  19. KARACHI: Provincial lawmaker and former Information Minister Sharjeel Memon challenged his arrest in an accountability court on Monday. Memon said that his arrest warrants weren?t issued on October 23, the day he was taken into custody, hence his detention should be declared illegal. During the hearing, counsel said that his client?s arrest was not ordered by the honorable court and the National Accountability Bureau has misdirected the judiciary on Memon?s arrest. He added that in the document provided to the court, NAB falsely stated in the court that Memon was arrested near the passport office whereas quite contrary to it, his client was taken into custody from the court?s premises. NAB has cut deal with Nawaz Sharif, claims Sharjeel Memon Memon questioned why there is no uniform policy for putting names on the Exit Control List Memon?s counsel requested the court to immediately give its decision on his client?s petition against his arrest. The Pakistan Peoples' Party leader was arrested by the NAB on October 23, after hours of being holed up in court premises. He was taken into custody as he left the court. The former minister was escorted from the court premises by Rangers and NAB personnel and was surrounded by his lawyers and other supporters. As he was leaving the court, resistance was offered by his supporters leading to an exchange of hot words with NAB officials. Eleven other accused in the case were also arrested by the accountability bureau. The former information minister is expected to be produced before an accountability court on Tuesday. Memon was shifted to NAB headquarters Sindh after being escorted from the court. "The accused persons are charged for embezzlement of Rs. 5,766,479,766 purportedly paid to seven advertising agencies for awareness campaigns between 2013 and 2015," said a press release by NAB. "The accused persons jointly and severally in connivance with each other have been alleged for awarding the contracts to favor certain advertising agencies and to their own favor, in violation of relevant laws and rules and against exorbitant rates," added the release. Memon was attempting to avoid being arrested by NAB after the cancellation of his bail extension plea by the Sindh High court earlier today. The SHC rejected the bail pleas of Memon and 12 others in a graft case. Hearing the Rs5.76 billion corruption case, filed by NAB, SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh dismissed the request of the suspects to extend their bails in the case.
  20. PPP's Qamar Zaman Kaira speaks at a press conference in Lahore on November 2, 2017. ? Geo News LAHORE: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira Thursday said his they are not against accountability, but they should also not be discriminated against. Speaking at a press conference here, the PPP leader recounted the arrest of former Sindh minister Sharjeel Memon by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials at Islamabad airport. In March, a NAB team took Memon into custody as his flight landed at Islamabad airport. The former provincial minister, who faces charges of corruption worth nearly Rs6 billion and returned home after over two years in self-imposed exile in Dubai and London, was released after brief detainment. PPP leader Sharjeel Memon released by NAB after brief detention NAB released the former provincial informational minister after getting verification and undertaking on bail before arrest from his lawyer Sharjeel Memon arrested by NAB in corruption case Memon, 12 others accused of Rs5.76 billion corruption in award of government advertising contracts "Memon was not allowed to step down on the ground from the plane," Kaira noted, adding that there should be no discrimination in the process of accountability. He also announced that his party will hold a rally in Islamabad on December 5. Taking exception to Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership, the PPP leader Imran Khan should see the people standing beside him. "The PTI chief speaks against corruption, making his 'ATM machine' stand next to him," he remarked. Kaira called on Khan to exclude individuals facing corruption cases from his party's ranks.
  21. Islamabad High Court ISLAMABAD: A divisional bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) will resume hearing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's plea seeking to stop the indictment proceedings against him in an accountability court. At the last hearing on October 25, the IHC bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani and Justice Aamer Farooq issued notices to the federal government over the petition and adjourned the case until November 2 (today). Nawaz, through his representative Zafir Khan, has submitted three petitions in the IHC challenging the accountability court?s October 19 decision to indict him in the Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills reference. He was indicted in the third and last ? Flagship Investment Ltd ? reference on October 20. The accountability court is hearing corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau against Nawaz and his family members, as well as Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, in light of the Supreme Court's order in the Panama Papers case. In his petition, Nawaz has pleaded the IHC to declare the October 19 decision illegal and order the accountability court to combine the three references against him into one. IHC seeks response from federal government on Nawaz's plea against corruption indictment Former PM pleads court to halt accountability court proceedings until three references are merged into one He has also pleaded that there should be one trial on one charge instead of separate cases. At the last hearing of the accountability court on October 26, Nawaz's counsel Khawaja Harris informed the judge that his client has challenged the indictment in the IHC which will hear the case on Nov 2 (today). The judge remarked that Harris should plead his client's case on November 2 and then adjourned the accountability court hearing until November 3 (Friday). Similar plea in Supreme Court On October 13, the former prime minister filed a similar plea in the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of 'concurrent' corruption references against him. Nawaz Sharif pleads SC to file one corruption reference instead of three Petition terms illegal filling of three similar corruption references; calls on SC to halt trials until single reference is filed The plea asked the Supreme Court to halt the accountability court proceedings of the three references against the Sharif family until a single reference is filed. The plea, filed by Nawaz's legal team under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution, states that Section 9 (a) (5) of the National Accountability Ordinance holds that the reference against possession of assets beyond known sources of income should be one and not spread over several references. The petition is yet to be taken up by the apex court. The references The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. Court approves Maryam, Safdar's bail; separates cases of Nawaz's sons The hearing has been adjourned until Oct 13 when Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar are expected to be indicted The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family. Court approves Maryam, Safdar's bail; separates cases of Nawaz's sons Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfiled properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on. The judge also provided a copy of the reference ? spread over 53 volumes ? to Maryam and Safdar. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.
  22. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing a corruption case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will resume its proceedings today. At the last hearing on October 30, the minister, accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of possessing assets that are disproportionate to his known sources of income, was a no-show. The court had then issued bailable warrants for his arrest and sent a notice to the minister's guarantor who has submitted the surety bond on his behalf. The court, according to media reports, had also summoned the minister's sons to appear today. On Wednesday, NAB officials claimed that Dar?s guarantor, Ahmed Ali Quddusi, is not available on the address given to the court. However, Quddusi, speaking to Geo News, claimed he had given his contact details to the court and is yet to be approached by NAB. Ishaq Dar indicted in assets reference case; hearing adjourned until Oct 4 The finance minister denied the charges and vowed to prove his innocence in court In case Dar does not appear in court today, sources said his surety bond will be confiscated and non-bailable warrants would likely be issued for his production in court. Ishaq Dar's assets The court is also expected to take up today NAB's plea to freeze Dar's assets. The bureau froze the assets after its chairman ordered to do so on October 18 but it needs the court's endorsement as according to NAB laws, the order is only valid for 15 days. NAB is seeking the freezing of Dar's six bank, properties and vehicles in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates as well as investments in both countries. NAB has listed the properties and assets of Dar as follows: A house in Gulberg, Lahore, a two-kanal plot in Parliamentarians Enclave, Islamabad, a two-kanal plot with Ayaz Builders (Pvt) Ltd, a plot in Senate Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad, a two kanal and 19 marla plot in the name of Mrs Tabassum Dar, three plots in Alflah Housing Society, Lahore owned by Dar, his wife and son Ali Mustafa Dar and six acres in Mouza Milot owned by him and his wife. Accountability court summons Ishaq Dar's sons tomorrow Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is already summoned to appear in court tomorrow in the assets reference case In the list of foreign properties and assets, the NAB mentioned a flat in Emirates Hills Dubai, owned by Dar, an apartment in Palm Jumairah Dubai, a 2003 Bentley Arnage car, a 2006 Mercedez, two sets of shares/investment in Baraq Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and shares/investments in Al-Nahayan owned by Ishaq Dar. The list of cars in Pakistan include a 2004 Land Cruiser owned by Mrs Dar, a 1999 Land Cruiser, a 2004 Toyota Corolla, a 1998 Mercedez Benz, a 2008 Mercedez and a 2014 Land Cruiser. Moreover, Dar and his wife have made an investment of Rs3,453,060 in Hajveri Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and Rs2,700 shares by in Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd. NAB, in its application, has informed the court of serious apprehensions that the accused, his dependents/benamidars might dispose of, alienate, sell, create charge or change the status of the properties/investments.
  23. Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid said on Wednesday that all National Accountability Beureu under-trial proceedings will be moved to the new national accountability commission. Speaking in a parliamentary committee to review NAB laws, he said that government does not plan to close any NAB case or inquiry. Hamid said that as NAB laws were too strict, a new accountability commission is being set up. "All major political parties are supporting the new accountability commission," he said. In August, The leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) agreed to form a new body to replace the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The parties agreed to form National Accountability Commission in place of NAB during a parliamentary session on Tuesday. However, the two parties agreed that the commission will only have the authority to investigate federal institutions. The bill for the commission comprises 55 clauses, of which the two parties have agreed on 53 clauses. On the other hand, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders called the new commission ?toothless? and raised their voice against it.
  24. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing a corruption case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has summoned the minister's sons to appear in court on Thursday (tomorrow). According to details, the summons was received by Dar's sons, Ali Mustafa and Mujtaba Husnain, in Dubai following which they travelled to London. The minister is also reportedly in London but is expected to appear in court tomorrow. Dar's son, Ali, is married to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Asma. At the last hearing against Dar on October 30, Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir had issued bailable warrants for the minister after he did not appear in court. The minister is accused by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of possessing assets which are disproportionate to his declared sources of income. Ishaq Dar indicted in assets reference case; hearing adjourned until Oct 4 The finance minister denied the charges and vowed to prove his innocence in court The finance minister, a close associate of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, left for a conference in Tajikistan on October 27 and reportedly then travelled to Jeddah where he fell ill. From there he went to London where his medical tests had to be performed, the court was informed. Ishaq Dar's assets The court is also expected to take up tomorrow NAB's plea to freeze Dar's assets. The bureau froze the assets after its chairman ordered to do so on October 18 but it needs the court's endorsement as according to NAB laws, the order is only valid for 15 days. NAB is seeking the freezing of Dar's six bank, properties and vehicles in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates as well as investments in both countries. NAB has listed the properties and assets of Dar as follows: A house in Gulberg, Lahore, a two-kanal plot in Parliamentarians Enclave, Islamabad, a two-kanal plot with Ayaz Builders (Pvt) Ltd, a plot in Senate Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad, a two kanal and 19 marla plot in the name of Mrs Tabassum Dar, three plots in Alflah Housing Society, Lahore owned by Dar, his wife and son Ali Mustafa Dar and six acres in Mouza Milot owned by him and his wife. In the list of foreign properties and assets, the NAB mentioned a flat in Emirates Hills Dubai, owned by Dar, an apartment in Palm Jumairah Dubai, a 2003 Bentley Arnage car, a 2006 Mercedez, two sets of shares/investment in Baraq Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and shares/investments in Al-Nahayan owned by Ishaq Dar. The list of cars in Pakistan include a 2004 Land Cruiser owned by Mrs Dar, a 1999 Land Cruiser, a 2004 Toyota Corolla, a 1998 Mercedez Benz, a 2008 Mercedez and a 2014 Land Cruiser. Moreover, Dar and his wife have made an investment of Rs3,453,060 in Hajveri Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and Rs2,700 shares by in Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd. NAB, in its application, has informed the court of serious apprehensions that the accused, his dependents/benamidars might dispose of, alienate, sell, create charge or change the status of the properties/investments.
  25. Ishaq Dar reaches the court, Oct 23, 2017. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing a corruption case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar resumed proceedings today in the assets reference case. This is the finance minister's seventh appearance in the court of Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir. At the last hearing, the court had adjourned proceedings until October 23 owing to the absence of Khawaja Harris, Dar's lead counsel. Dar's legal team pleaded the judge to adjourn the hearing until October 25 as Harris is out of the country but Judge Mohammad Bashir adjourned the proceedings until today. The court is expected to record the statements of two more prosecution witnesses today ? Masood Ghani of Habib Bank and Abdul Rahman Gondal of Allied Bank. The two were present in court at the last hearing as well but their statements could not be recorded. Ishaq Dar corruption hearing adjourned after lead counsel?s absence Two prosecution witnesses had been summoned by the court today to record their statements To-date, the court has recorded the statements of Ishtiaq Ali of Bank Alfalah, Shahid Aziz National Investment Trust and Tariq Javed of Al Baraka Bank. The minister is accused of possessing assets beyond his declared sources of income in the reference filed against him by NAB on the directions of the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case judgment. 'Appearance is must' At an earlier hearing on October 16, the court rejected Dar's plea to be exempted from appearance, observing that the accused needs to be present when the witnesses record their statements and are cross-examined. The NAB has submitted a list of 28 witnesses with the accountability court, which is hearing the Supreme Court-directed case against Dar and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family. Assets reference: Court rejects Dar's exemption plea, adjourns hearing till Wed The accountability court has summoned two more witnesses, officials of two private banks, at the next hearing Dar ? who was indicted on September 27 for owning assets beyond his known sources of income ? has denied all charges and vowed to prove his innocence in court. The minister also challenged his indictment and trial in the Islamabad High Court but the pleas were dismissed with directions to take them to Justice Ijazul Ahsan ? the Supreme Court judge monitoring the corruption references. The reference The corruption reference pertaining to Dar's owning assets disproportionate to his known sources of income was filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case. Ishaq Dar indicted in assets reference case; hearing adjourned until Oct 4 The finance minister denied the charges and vowed to prove his innocence in court After skipping his first hearing ? for which a summons had been issued ?Dar appeared in court later after bailable warrants for his arrest were been issued to ensure his presence. The judge then directed Dar to deposit a Rs5 million surety bond to ensure his appearance at the hearings.