ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to ensure former finance minister Ishaq Dar’s return to Pakistan within ten days.
If Dar would not return to the country then its consequences could be harmful, authorities had to ensure his return at any cost, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked.
Dar has been in London since October last year on account of his medical treatment and has been declared an absconder in the corruption case against him.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case in connection with Mr. Dar’s repatriation to the country.
During the proceedings, the CJ inquired from the NAB officials regarding steps taken by them till now.
A NAB representative appraised the court that the matter had been referred to the Interpol and a letter had been written to the Ministry of Interior for the issuance of a red warrant.
Justice Nisar asked the Additional Attorney General (AAG) that “if Dar’s passport is cancelled then what would be the consequences.”
The AAG appraised the court that the absconder could take asylum in the said country in case of the cancellation of his passport.
“The court is most upset at the fact that Dar has repeatedly ignored summons,” Justice Nisar said.
“Dar is roaming around on the streets of London but not ready to come back and when court summons him, he cites his ailment as the reason of failure to return to Pakistan,” the CJP remarked.
The top judge further directed all concerned departments to sit together and make mechanism for early repatriation of Dar.
Further hearing of the case was adjourned till September 11.
The former finance minister is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income and a NAB reference had been filed against him.—APP