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Pak FM appears before accountability court in Panama scandal

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's embattled Minister Ishaq Dar today appeared before an anti-corruption here to face trial in a graft case filed against the close aide of ousted prime minister by the accountability bureau in the Panama Papers scandal.

The case about owning "assets beyond known means of income" is among four graft cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) following the Supreme Court's order of July 28 against Dar and Sharif and his family.


The apex had also disqualified Sharif and ordered corruption cases against him, his children Maryam, Husain and Hasan and son-in-Muhammad Safdar.

Officials said that two witnesses including Al-Baraka Senior Vice-President Tariq Javed and Shahid Aziz of the National Investment (NIT) asset management company testified against the minister.

Dar, 67, invested Rs 120 million as minister in 2015 in NIT but withdrew this money after the Panama Papers case started in January 2017, Aziz told the

Javed of Al-Baraka provided details of Dar account in the bank's Lahore branch. He said Dar opened the account in 1991, where his wife, Tabassum Ishaq Dar, also had account in the She was also owner of HDS Securities Private Limited company.

Both witnesses were cross-examined by Dar's lawyer Khawaja Haris.

Dar was indicted last month in the case in which he is accused of making assets, which are not in accordance with his known sources of

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 13:13 IST
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