Islamabad (Staff Report): The accountability court on Monday issued bailable arrest warrants for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after the accused failed to appear in the court hearing the corruption reference against him.

Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir resumed the hearing of the reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) regarding possessing assets which are disproportionate to Dar’s declared sources of income.

Dar’s counsel Khawaja Harris pleaded before to grant his client exemption from appearance today (Monday) as he is in London for a medical test.

Khawaja Harris also submitted Dar’s medical report and assured he would appear in court on next hearing.

The NAB prosecutor argued that the accused should have sought the court’s permission before leaving the country.

The court dismissed Dar’s exemption plea and issued bailable warrants for his arrest. The court also issued a notice to Dar’s guarantor — who has submitted the surety bond — and ordered Dar to appear in court on November 2.  

Dar has appeared before the court seven times since the trial began, missing only the first hearing on September 20.