Pakistan issues warrant against ex-Finance Minister

Pakistan has issued a red warrant against former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who has been declared absconder by an accountability court in a corruption case, the Interior Ministry told the Supreme Court.

Mr. Dar, 67, is accused of accumulating assets worth an estimated Rs. 831.7 million, which is disproportionate with his known sources of income. The accountability court in Islamabad has already issued non-bailable arrest warrant against him. He has been living in London since October 2017.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had taken up the matter of Mr. Dar’s repeated absence from hearings despite being given several directions, Dawn reported. Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan on Saturday told the apex court that the Interior Ministry, at the request of the Federal Investigation Agency, had issued red warrants and was now waiting for a reply from Interpol.

He said the cancellation of Mr. Dar’s passport would be used as an alternative option if he continued to refuse to return to Pakistan, the paper said. The court was also informed that Mr. Dar’s properties in Pakistan had been forfeited.

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