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Court issues arrest warrants for Pakistani finance minister.

Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. (REUTERS File Photo) ISLAMABAD: The anti-corruption court in Islamabad on Monday issued arrest warrants for Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar as he failed to appear before the court.

The hearing was scheduled for Monday morning, but he missed the hearing as he was in London for a medical check-up.

Dar could avoid arrest by paying bail, but if he declines to do so, the judge could convert the warrant into a non-bailable one.

Since the start of the case, Dar has appeared before the accountability court seven times. Lawyers say he has been given the option of paying bail to ensure his presence.

Dar's counsel had applied for his exemption from appearing before the court, but Judge Muhammad Bashir dismissed the plea and ordered Dar to appear on Nov. 2 for the next hearing.

Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Dar were indicted earlier this month. Both pled not guilty to charges of corruption.

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Oct 30, 2017
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