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Reference against Ishaq Dar:Wajid Zia unable to record statement

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia on Thursday has unable to record his statement in asset beyond income reference against former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

During the hearing headed by Justice Mohammad Bashir, the judge asked Zia whether he has any record with him over which FIA officer said that all the original record was submitted in Supreme Court (SC) for which a letter has also beenwritten to its registrar.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor said that all the record related to Ishaq Dar is present in volume 1 and 9 (A), asking the court whether we should summon all the volumes or of Ishaq Dar only.

The court has directed Wajid Zia to reappear on February 12 to record his statement.

In the previous hearing, SECP officer named Sidra Mansor had recorded her statement before the court. Data of three companies named Gulf Insurance, CNG Pakistan Limited and Pakistan Development Fund Limited was also submitted in the court.

The statement of second witness – named Salman Syed – couldn’t be recorded by the court due to shortage of time.

Earlier, the Ministry of Interior had refused to place Ishaq Dar’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL), asserting that the anti-graft watchdog has no concrete evidence on the matter, whereas, no such order has been issued by the accountability court.

In December last year, the anti-corruption court declared Ishaq Dar, currently seeking medical treatment in London, an “absconder” after he repeatedly failed to appear before it in a graft case linking to the Panama Papers scandal.

Dar, 67, was indicted in October in a graft case in which he is accused of making assets that were “disproportionate to his known sources of income”.

The case was filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the light of the Supreme Court order of July 28 that disqualified Nawaz Sharif as prime minister in the Panama Papers scandal.

In its case against Dar, the NAB has alleged that the accused has acquired assets and pecuniary interests/resources in his own name and/or in the name of his dependants of an approximate amount of Rs 831.678 million.

Dar is in London since October and has been seeking treatment of an undefined heart complication at a Harley Street hospital.

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