Asset beyond means reference against Ishaq Dar reopened

Asset beyond means reference against Ishaq Dar reopened
Source: File

Islamabad (Web Desk): The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday reopened the assets beyond means reference against former finance minister and senior Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) leader Ishaq Dar and an accountability court summoned him on October 10. 

Previously, the court had returned the reference to the NAB on Nov 22 last year after the amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance introduced earlier last year.

The court had declared Ishaq Dar a proclaimed offender on Dec 11, 2017 and froze his movable and immovable properties. It had also cancelled his perpetual arrest warrant upon his surrender on October 10 after five years of being a proclaimed offender.

This development came after the Supreme Court of Pakistan's (SC) earlier decision declaring amendments to the anti-graft laws null and void.

A three-member bench of the apex court in a majority 2-1 verdict approved Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan's petition against amendments made to the country's accountability laws by the previous Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)-led government.

The top court in its September 15 judgement, ordered restoring all graft cases worth less than Rs500 million that were closed against the political leaders and public office holders after SC declared the amendments void.

Following the SC judgement, the NAB wrote a letter to the registrar of an accountability court.

Meanwhile, the cases transmitted to the accountability courts also included the Park Lane case against former president Asif Ali Zardari, the Universal Services Funds case in which former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and others were the accused, the case of rental power projects against ex-PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, and against former chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme Farzana Raja.