NAB approaches Interpol to bring Dar back

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STAFF REPORT
ISLAMABAD
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has approached the Interpol for bringing the former finance minister Ishaq Dar back to the country.
NAB official has said the anti-graft body has prepared a strategy to bring Dar back and his passport and identity card has been blocked under the strategy.
All available options will be utilised to bring Dar back, they added. The bureau has decided to approach British authorities and also consulted passport office and immigration head quarter to include the name of Ishaq Dar in Black list.
The Interior Ministry in July had approved issuance of red warrant against Dar, to expedite his extradition process.
The red warrant is an international notice sent to the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) seeking the arrest and extradition of an individual.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had also written a letter to Interpol for detention of Ishaq Dar while the case has also been forwarded to them after the approval of interior secretary. FIA has requested the assistance of Interpol in Dar’s arrest from London.
The PML-N leader is currently in London and has been declared fugitive over his absence from case hearing despite repeated court summons. On Feb 26 this year, the anti-graft watchdog filed a supplementary reference against Ishaq Dar in the assets case with regard to alleged accumulation of wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.
In December last year, an accountability court had declared Dar an absconder in a corruption reference after the former finance minister repeatedly failed to join the trial, remaining instead in London where he has reportedly been undergoing medical treatment.
Ishaq Dar had left the country last year in October, and since then, has failed to appear in court for cases pertaining to possible embezzlement and nepotism. Despite Chief Justice Saqib Nisar’s warning to cancel Ishaq Dar’s passport, it has not been revoked because Dar could refuse to return to Pakistan on the plea of cancellation of the passport. Dar’s senatorship was canceled by the apex court last May.

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