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Pakistan’s Finance Minister challenges indictment

IANS | Islamabad |

Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday challenged in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) his indictment by an accountability court in a corruption case.

The corruption reference, pertaining to Dar’s owning assets that were disproportionate to his known sources of income, was filed by the anti-corruption body, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.

Dar, in his petition, stated that he was indicted by the accountability court without giving him the mandated time and requested the IHC to suspend the indictment proceedings, Geo News reported.

During the hearing of the accountability court earlier, Dar’s counsel asked the judge to be granted seven days for perusing the reference against his client but the judge denied the request observing that the court had to complete the trial in six months as per the apex court’s directions.