Is Ishaq Dar ready to face the courts?

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Is Ishaq Dar ready to face the courts?

The former PML-N finance minister, declared a proclaimed absconder by the courts in 2017,

is set to return to the country by end of July

The former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is all set to return to Pakistan in the third week of July after the PML-N supremo Mian Nawaz Sharif gave him the go ahead to help the coalition government and advise it on the troubled economic affairs.

Dar, who has had a prolonged stay in London, ostensibly for his medical treatment, has been constantly avoiding to appear in the Pakistani courts to face the numerous cases against him.

It may be mentioned here that Dar is wanted in multiple cases that were filed against him since the time he left the country nearly five years back.


In May 2022, an accountability court in Islamabad had issued permanent arrest warrants for the former finance minister over his absence during a reference against his assets beyond means.

The accountability court barred trial against the co-accused in the ‘assets beyond means’ case until Dar was arrested, and adjourned the hearing for an indefinite period. The accountability court’s judge said in his remarks, “the release of the suspects on bail was also associated with the arrest of the absconding PML-N leader. The proceedings will not go forward unless Ishaq Dar is presented before the court.”

Earlier, on December 10, 2017 the accountability court had declared Dar as a proclaimed offender for continuously remaining absent during the court proceedings in assets beyond means case against him.

Later, the Lahore accountability court also declared Dar as absconder in a corruption reference against him in December 2017 and ordered to confiscate his property. However Dar’s wife, Tabassum then approached the Islamabad High Court against the decision but her plea was rejected.

As per Pakistan Penal Code, absconding to avoid service of summons or other proceeding is a major crime. It says: “Whoever absconds in order to avoid being served with a summon, notice or order proceeding from any public servant legally competent, as such public servant, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month, or with fine which may extend to [one thousand five hundred rupees], or with both if the summon or notice or order instructs the accused to attend in person or through an agent, or to produce a document in a court of justice with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to [three thousand rupees], or with both.

Advocate Malik Aamir while talking to “Bol News” said that as per law, any proclaimed offender couldn’t get protective bail and he or she must be arrested and produced before the court. “Once the proclaimed offender is produced before the court, the accused can get the bail,” he added.


Malik said that declaring any accused as the proclaimed offender is a long process. If any accused doesn’t appear before the court, then his or her guarantor is asked to produce the accused. And if the guarantor also fails to produce the accused, the court declares the accused as a proclaimed offender, after giving court notice ads in the national media.

Malik clearly said that Ishaq Dar has already been declared as a proclaimed offender and he must be arrested on his return and produced before the court.

Meanwhile, the sources in Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) said that Ishaq Dar is returning back to Pakistan by the end of this month, after nearly five years. He knows about the status of his cases and is fully prepared to face the courts, the sources said.

They further revealed that Dar will not be arrested upon his return to Pakistan and will get a bail from the courts.


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