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Monday, 23 October 2017

Dar appears before accountability court as trial resumes in graft reference

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is appearing before an accountability court in Islamabad for the seventh time as his trial resumes in the reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against him, Dawn reported.

Dar appears before accountability court as trial resumes in graft reference
Dar appears before accountability court as trial resumes in graft reference

The NAB prosecution has presented two new witnesses against the minister today. 
The first witness, Abdul Rehman Gondal, branch manager of a private bank's parliament branch, has completed his statement and is being cross-examined by Dar's counsel Khawaja Haris. 
Gondal provided details of the account held by Dar in the bank. He informed the court that NAB had summoned him along with relevant documents on August 16 and he submitted the requisite record concerning Dar to NAB's investigating officer.
Gondal said he had provided bank statements of Dar ranging from March 25, 2005 to August 16, 2017 to NAB. The bank transaction details provided by the witness were made part of case record by the court.
The second witness, Masood Ghani, the operations manager in a private bank, will give his testimony after this. 
The court had on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of the graft cases till October 23 after the minister's senior counsel left the country in a rush earlier the same day.
In the preceding hearing of the case, Haris had cross-questioned Al-Baraka Islamic Bank's Assistant Vice President Tariq Javed — the prosecution's third witness.
The court had indicted Dar last month in a NAB reference pertaining to his owning assets "beyond his known sources of income”.

Posted By Raela Hafizi

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