IN civilized countries, a minister or any government functionary resigns if a single charge of corruption is leveled against them. Not in Pakistan. Ishaq Dar, the finance minister who has been indicted by the accountability court over glaring corruption charges, is a case in point.
On September 8 this year, anti-corruption watchdog National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed a case against Dar for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income following the 28 July verdict of the Supreme Court.
The minister has so far refused to accept the charges by the accountability court, claiming his assets were in accordance with income and that he will prove it with evidence during the trial. However, he has not been able to produce anything that could satisfy the court. Instead, he is being regularly summoned by the court and is being made to sit for hours for the proceedings to take place. If a country’s foreign minister is having to present himself in the courts with such frequency and that too for hours on end, one can easily comprehend the economic and financial situation of the country.
Alarmingly, despite being indicted by the accountability court, Dar continues to remain the country’s finance minister, which sets a dangerous precedent and runs counter to the ideals of democracy. But it appears that his problems are likely to exacerbate and the proverbial noose is being tightened against him.
The nation deserves to know how a minister with humble beginnings became filthy rich in just a couple of years. His children should also hold workshops on how to rake it in and become billionaires in one’s youth without any sources of income.