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Ishaq Dar requests SC for exemption from appearing in-person during hearings

Former finance minister Ishaq Dar has requested the Supreme Court (SC) to take up his case against the accountability court’s order making it mandatory for him to attend hearings in person.

Ishaq Dar has appealed to the apex court to allow his representation in the accountability court through his counsel, thereby exempting him from flying back to Pakistan as his health did not allow him air travel. He also mentioned in his application, filed through his counsel, that hearing of case against him would start on August 25 and the accountability court intended to put his assets on sale in case he did not return in time.

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Ishaq Dar has also stated that the Director General of Immigration and Passports had blacklisted him on July 24, 2018 during Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s tenure, without any justification. The filed application has also stated that the authorities in Pakistan along with the Pakistan High Commissions overseas were barred from issuing him a passport.

Ishaq Dar has also stated that he came to know about the cancellation of his passport through a media report on September 9. Foreign Ministry had cancelled Dar’s passport through a letter dated September 6. According to his statement, he was left stranded in Britain and was unable to travel to Pakistan even if his condition had improved.

Former attorney general Salman Aslam Butt being the counsel of Dar submitted a six page application requesting for extreme urgency for early hearing. The application has also requested the Supreme Court to set aside the decision of the trial court that declared him proclaimed offender.

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The Supreme Court had rejected a petition against the former finance minister on December 21. The petition was filed by Muhammad Nawazish Ali Pirzada. The petitioner had challenged the decision of Lahore High Court that allowed Ishaq Dar to participate in the Senate elections, on the basis that he had been earlier declared absconder by an accountability court.

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