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Hearing Against Ishaq Dar Adjourned Until April 5

The indictment of the co-accused in the supplementary corruption reference against Ishaq Dar was postponed until April 5 today, after the counsel of one of the suspects misbehaved in the court.
The National Accountability Bureau filed an interim reference against Dar in September last year on the Supreme Court’s directives in the Panama Papers case.
In a supplementary reference filed recently, NAB named National Bank of Pakistan President Saeed Ahmed, Naeem Mehmood and Mansoor Rizvi as co-accused. The latter two have been identified as directors of one of Dar’s companies. All three are accused of aiding Dar in opening fictitious bank accounts and transferring money abroad.
 Soon after the hearing resumed today, Mansoor’s counsel, Javed Akbar, misbehaved with Judge Mohammad Bashir after he inquired into his representation papers.
Akbar, who is President of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association, threw away his papers and said he’s leaving the courtroom along with his client. The court then issued warrants for Mansoor’s arrest and also cancelled Akbar’s representation of his client.
The hearing was then adjourned until April 5.