ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has ordered to ensure the return of former finance minister Ishaq Dar to Pakistan within ten days.
Former finance minister Ishaq Dar, has been in London since October last year on account of his medical treatment. The court has declared him an absconder in the corruption case.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court resumed hearing the case pertaining to a summons issued to Dar. The interior secretary, foreign secretary, DG NAB, and other related officials were present in court.
During the hearing, CJP inquired that “Where are NAB officials? What has NAB done up till now to bring back Dar?”.
Later then he issued directives to take measures which would ensure the absconder’s return to Pakistan in 10 days.
The top judge further inquired the measures taken by the current government to bring back Dar.
Responding to Justice Nisar’s query, the additional attorney general informed the apex court that NAB has declared Dar an absconder. “NAB has also referred the matter to Interpol,” the lawyer said.
Issuing all relevant departments to consult on the matter, the chief justice adjourned the hearing till September 11.
The former finance minister is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income.
A reference against the former finance minister was filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.
Dar had earlier been declared a proclaimed offender by the accountability court due to his continuous absence from the proceedings.