Following the Supreme Court’s order to restore corruption cases against public office holders that were withdrawn after amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 by the PDM-led government during its tenure, a reference pertaining to assets beyond means has been opened against PML-N leader and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
On September 15, the apex court, with a majority of 2 to 1, had ordered the reopening of all corruption cases worth less than Rs500 million that were previously closed against political leaders from various parties and public office holders. The top court had declared the amendments null and void.
An accountability court has summoned Dar on October 10.
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The orders were issued by accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir.
The court had closed the case against former finance minister after amendments made to the NAO.
The case record against Dar was present in the accountability court.
Meanwhile, an accountability court in Karachi has scheduled a hearing for a Rs17 billion corruption case involving PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain and others, directing the accused to appear before the court on October 7.
In its remarks, the court said that the apex court on September 15 had declared the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) amendments null and void, therefore, the reference against the accused was restored.
The court ordered Dr Asim, Basharat Mirza, Zuhair Siddiqui, Shoaib Warsi, Khalid Rehman, Malik Usman, Yousuf Jamil and Iqbal Ahmed to appear before it on October 7.
According to NAB, the accused had challenged the jurisdiction of the court after amendments to the NAO.
Those summoned are accused of Rs17 billion corruption in gas contracts.