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A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of the country’s finance minister, in a further blow to prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi’s increasingly beleaguered government.
An anti-corruption court in Islamabad on Tuesday issued a warrant for the arrest of Ishaq Dar, the latest senior minister to come into the focus of a long-running case which has already seen Nawaz Sharif ousted as the country’s prime minister.
Mr Dar, who has missed court hearings in the past three weeks, has been charged with accumulating wealth beyond his known income.
A leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) political party said Mr Dar has been in London for about a month “being treated for a cardiac condition”. But opposition leaders say the finance minister has used his illness to avoid court appearances in Pakistan.
Tuesday’s court action against Mr Dar is likely to further intensify criticism of Mr Abbassi for his failure to name a new finance minister. Mr Dar is considered a powerful figure in political circles close to Mr Sharif, given that his son is married to one of the daughters of the former prime minister.