SC questions how absconder Ishaq Dar won Senate polls?


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday wondered how former finance minister Ishaq Dar was re-elected in the Senate elections when he has been already declared an absconder by the judiciary.
The apex court made this observation as it extended the deadline for the accountability court hearing three references against the Sharif family and the assets case against former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan observed that when someone is declared an absconder, he losses all his rights.
Therefore, the right to contest elections is also stripped away. An accountability court last year declared the former finance minister a proclaimed offender after he failed to appear before it despite repeated summons.
A warrant was also issued for his arrest after he missed several court appearances on charges that he had amassed wealth beyond his known sources of income. Dar has denied all charges, as has former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who also faces corruption cases after being ousted by the Supreme Court in July. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has alleged that a conspiracy is in process to oust two major political families of Pakistan from the political spectrum.
Dar in an interview with a private media channel stated that some hidden hands were constantly striving to topple the prominent political families by victimizing them through bogus corruption cases. He added that the cases against him and the Sharifs in the National accountability courts were a sham.
He levelled these allegations of conspiracies right after he bagged the Senate elections 2018. Following his ill-health and the treatment underway in London since last year, Dar is determined to return to Pakistan assoon as he is advised by his doctors. Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had approved a three-month leave to the minister in light of his ailment.