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Another witness testifies against Dar in assets case

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad resumed today hearing of the assets case against former finance minister Ishaq Dar for allegedly accumulating assets beyond known sources of income.

Judge Muhammad Bashir recorded testimony of witness Abdul Rehman Gondal against the PML-N leader.

The witness, a bank employee, informed the court about the money transacted into the former finance minister’s account on different occasions. After completion of his statement, the defence counsel cross-examined him.

The court summoned witness Sher Dil Khan on next hearing to record his statement.

It made another witness Muhammad Azeem’s testimony part of the trial proceedings against Dar and directed defence lawyers to cross-examine him on the next hearing.

The hearing of the case was adjourned till May 02.

The accountability judge, meanwhile, granted one-day exemption to National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) President Saeed Ahmad from personal appearance in court.

A day earlier,  the Supreme Court directed Ishaq Dar, who is said to be undergoing treatment abroad, to appear before it on May 8 in a petition challenging his eligibility to become a senator.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, who was heading a three-judge bench of the apex court, observed that the case will not proceed further until the PML-N leader appears in court.

If he doesn’t appear, then the court will hand down a decision that it would deem fit, warned the chief justice.

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