Former finance minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ishaq Dar received relief from accountability as it suspended an arrest warrant for the former finance minister until October 7.
Hearing an appeal filed by the former finance minister, his lawyer argued that the minister wanted to appear before the court but the arrest warrants must be first suspended. He promised that Dar will head straight to the court after landing in the country.
The court ordered the authorities not to arrest Dar at the airport upon his arrival and gave him an opportunity to surrender before the court.
Afterward, the court suspended the permanent arrest warrant of Ishaq Dar till October 7.
The court reminded Dar’s lawyer that it was only suspending the warrant and will deliberate whether to cancel the warrants altogether once the former finance minister appears before them.
Two days ago, Dar had approached the court of Judge Muhammad Bashir against his perpetual arrest warrants.
Qazi Misbah, who is representing the former finance minister, had requested the court to suspend the warrants as his client was ready to surrender before the court.
Earlier, Ishaq Dar had withdrawn his petition that he had filed before the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the accountability court decision declaring him proclaimed offender.
In November 2017, Ishaq Dar was declared an absconder by an accountability court in a corruption reference filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).