The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has rejected a request by the Pakistan government to issue a red arrest warrant notice against Ishaq Dar, the former finance minister of Pakistan.
The interior ministry had approached Interpol requesting it to issue red warrant against Dar who has been absconding corruption cases since 2017. However, Interpol has rejected the ministry’s request and has given the PML-N leader a clean chit.
This correspondent has seen papers which show that the Interpol General Secretariat has informed all Interpol’s National Central Bureaus (NCBs) to delete all data files in their systems on Ishaq Dar, issuing him a clean certificate that he is not subject to “an Interpol Red Notice or diffusion”.
In a letter referenced LA/72615-260, the Interpol has issued a certificate to Ishaq Dar about its decision confirming that he’s not subject to any red notice. “The General Secretariat of the International Criminal Police Organisation-Interpol hereby certifies that, as of today, Mr Mohammad Ishaq Dar born on 13 May 1950, is not subject to an Interpol Notice or diffusion.”
Dar, a close aide of Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif, is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. NAB had filed an interim reference against Dar in September last year in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28, 2017, verdict in the Panama Papers case. He was declared absconders by the court earlier.
The court has declared him a proclaimed offender over his perpetual absence from the trial proceedings and attached his movable and immovable properties. Dar, a former senator, has been in London since October last year on account of his medical treatment. Moreover, a reference against the former finance minister was filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.
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17 November, 2019