The accountability court hearing a corruption case against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar recorded the statements of two prosecution witnesses on Monday.
During the proceedings, Dar’s counsel, Khawaja Harris, had a heated exchange with the prosecutor of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Both witnesses, officials of two private banks, recorded their statements and were cross-examined by Harris. The hearing was then adjourned until October 31.
As the court resumed proceedings today in the assets reference case against Dar, the finance minister made his seventh appearance before Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir. The minister was accompanied by CADD Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and other party leaders.
As the hearing began, Abdul Rehman Gondal recorded his statement after which he was cross-examined by Harris.
Gondal also submitted details of an account owned by Dar inside the Parliament House. He informed the court that he first appeared before the NAB’s investigation officer on August 17 this year. During the cross-examination, a heated war of words ensued between Harris and NAB prosecutor Imran Shafiq, with the former taunting the latter for reportedly influencing the witness.
Following the cross-examination, the second witness, Masood Ghani, began recording his statement.
During his cross-examination, Khawaja Haris pointed out that the verified copies of bank documents presented by Ghani are different from the originals submitted to NAB. The court then asked the witness to appear in the next hearing with the original documents.
During the hearing, the judge observed that the objective of recording statements of various bank officials is to gather the accused’s bank data and compare it with his declared assets to ascertain the wrongdoing, if any.—INP