Pakistan court issues arrest warrant against finance minister

Ishaq Dar Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

A Pakistani anti-corruption court issued an arrest warrant for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday after he failed to appear before a scheduled hearing.

Dar is in London receiving medical treatment and couldn’t attend court, Amjad Pervez, an attorney for the finance minister, said by phone. “The order is basically to ensure his presence at the next hearing date,” he said, which has been moved to Nov. 2. The warrant is bailable.

Dar and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were indicted this month on charges of corruption following Sharif’s disqualification by Pakistan’s Supreme Court in July. A bailable arrest warrant was also issued against Sharif last week when he failed to turn up for a hearing looking into his family’s purchase of high-end London flats. A spokesman for the finance ministry didn’t answer calls seeking comment. Both Sharif and Dar have denied any wrong-doing.


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