While his fifth hearing in the accountability court ended on Monday without much progress, problems continue to exacerbate for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar who continues to stick to his seat despite being indicted in multiple graft cases.
In last week’s hearing, Al-Baraka Bank Senior Vice-President Tariq Javed had informed the court that the finance minister opened an account in the bank’s Lahore branch in 1991 and provided the court details of all five accounts held by Dar in the bank.
Today, he submitted a record of e-mails exchanged between the bank and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which he was asked to present by the court in the previous hearing.
Imran Shafiq, NAB’s Special Prosecutor, objected to Dar’s lawyer Khawaja Harris’ plea to exempt his client from appearing in the court for today’s hearing, saying the accused must appear despite all engagements.
Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir deferred judgment on the matter, which meant Dar remained in the court until the end of the day’s hearing.
The hearing was then adjourned until October 18.