Panama Papers case: Pakistan finance minister indicted for corruption

Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar (pictured above) was indicted by an anti-corruption court in Islamabad in the Panama Papers case on Wednesday, Dawn reported. The court charged Dar for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income.

The minister, however, called the charges baseless and pleaded not guilty. Dar is believed to have sworn that his assets were accumulated by fair means and said he will prove his innocence, Geo TV reported.

On September 8, Pakistan’s anti-corruption watchdog, the National Accountability Bureau, had filed a case of disproportionate assets against Dar. The case was lodged after the Supreme Court, on July 28, disqualified then prime minister Nawaz Sharif as an MP, forcing him to step down as the prime minister.

The Supreme Court had set up a Joint Investigation Team after Sharif was named in the Panama Papers leak in 2016.

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