NAB court suspends Dar arrest warrants

Ishaq Dar

An accountability court in Islamabad suspended on Friday the arrest warrants of former finance minister and PML-N leader Ishaq Dar in a case pertaining to declaring him a proclaimed offender.

In 2017, the court had declared Dar — who is in London — absconder in a corruption reference after he failed to join the trial against him.

During the hearing ON fRIDAY, the PML-N leader’s counsel Qazi Misbah requested the court to take back the arrest warrant it had issued against his client.

“The National Accountability Bureau should be stopped from arresting Dar. He will come straight to the court as soon as he lands in Pakistan,” Misbah promised.

Subsequently, accountability judge Muhammad Bashir accepted the PML-N leader’s request and suspended his arrest warrants till October 7. He also barred NAB from arresting Dar, giving the former finance minister a chance to surrender before the court.

“We will consider permanently suspending Dar’s arrest warrants once he appears before the court in person,” the judge added.

Dar’s counsel filed a petition seeking the reversal of the arrest warrants on Thursday. The application pleaded that Dar should not be arrested when he returns home since he wanted to surrender to the court to join the trial.


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