Accountability court ends proceedings in ‘assets beyond means’ case against Ishaq Dar
An accountability court in the Islamabad on Tuesday ended further proceedings in an assets beyond means case against Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Ishaq Dar.
Accountability court Judge Muhammad Bashir while pronouncing the verdict said that “after the [National Accountability (Second Amendment) Act 2022], this case does not fall under the jurisdiction of this court.”
The judge furthered that the court has not the authority to issue an on the acquittal plea that Dar had filed.
Judge Bashir added: “We can neither announce a decision in favour of NAB nor can we issue a decision in favour of the suspect. The trial against Ishaq Dar ends here.”
On July 28, 2017, upon the petition of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, JI supreme leader Siraj-ul-Haq and Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rasheed, the Supreme Court ordered to file three cases against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the then Finance Minister Ishaq.
A reference was filed against Ishaq Dar in the accountability court for having assets beyond means of his income.
In the reference filed against Ishaq Dar, Section 14C was imposed, which deals with possession of assets beyond means, which carries a 14-year jail term upon conviction.
In the reference against Ishaq Dar, NAB alleged that he had acquired assets and financial benefits in his name or in the name of his dependents of an approximate amount of Rs831.678 million (approx).
It was alleged in the reference that the “assets were disproportionate to his known sources of income for which he could not reasonably account for”.
Later, the then government withdrew the finance ministry from Ishaq Dar.
On November 14, 2017, the court had issued Dar’s non-bailable arrest warrants and on December 11, the court had declared Dar an absconder after he repeatedly failed to join the trial.