Dar’s accounts have been currently frozen by accountability courtroom, however some payment gripes predate freezing
Ishaq Dar. PHOTO: REUTERS
ISLAMABAD: It will seem that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is nearly penniless. After an accountability courtroom froze all of his accounts and funding, he has been unable to pay his legal professionals’ charges.
Sources informed The Categorical Tribune that Dar had not paid charges to his legal professionals because the begin of the Panama Papers case. He didn’t even pay charges to the lawyer who drafted his assessment petition towards the July 28 SC verdict.
“The lawyer was anticipating a Rs1 million payment, and when Dar solely despatched Rs100,000, the lawyer refused to take the cash,” a member of the Sharif household’s authorized group confirmed.
In the meantime, Lawyer Khawaja Haris has requested Dar to interact a brand new counsel, claiming he’s busy with different instances. It’s nonetheless unclear if Haris will symbolize him sooner or later. On Thursday, Harris didn’t seem earlier than the accountability courtroom. Ayesha Hameed argued Dar’s case. The courtroom will resume listening to his case on Monday.
The accountability courtroom on October 18 froze all of Dar’s belongings inside and out of doors Pakistan. Some legal professionals consider that the freezing of his belongings could possibly be among the many causes Dar has not been capable of pay his charges.
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A senior PML-N lawyer has additionally admitted that legal professionals are reluctant to plead Dar’s case. Because the begin of the Panama Papers case, quite a few legal professionals have represented him at totally different boards.
However, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legal professionals threw shade at Dar for muddying the Sharif household’s place within the Panama Papers trial. Shahid Hamid had appeared on his behalf throughout that trial.
In response to the PML-N’s preliminary authorized technique, Dar needed to interact an unbiased counsel within the case due to the battle of curiosity. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had requested the Supreme Courtroom to disqualify Dar on fees of cash laundering.
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Later, on Dar’s request, Hamid took up his case together with two different respondents – Maryam Nawaz and her husband Muhammad Safdar. However Hamid’s arguments on January 27 didn’t impress PML-N leaders. They consider that after Hamid introduced Dar’s case, the difficulty snowballed and the Supreme Courtroom requested the Nationwide Accountability Bureau to submit particulars of the 17-yr-previous Hudabiya Paper Mills case towards the Sharifs.
In the meantime, the Sharif household’s authorized workforce has continued increasing in numbers, with Azam Nazeer Tarar being the newest addition. Tarar was most lately engaged by deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to argue a case earlier than the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom, the place he efficiently acquired his shopper some aid on Thursday.
Sources stated a number of extra legal professionals might but be engaged to argue the household’s case earlier than totally different courts as Khawaja Haris can also be engaged on a number of instances for different shoppers.
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