Nawaz Sharif's daughter, son-in-law arrested on return to Pakistan, get bail

by Garry Watts October 11, 2017, 0:09
Nawaz Sharif's daughter, son-in-law arrested on return to Pakistan, get bail

Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Muhammad Safdar, former army captain, returned from London to attend the latest hearing.

On October 2, the accountability court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Sharif's sons and Captain Safdar for failing to appear on previous hearings despite notices. The judge ordered the NAB authorities to release Capt. Safdar after he too submitted surety bonds worth Rs. 5 million.

On the other hand, Sharif and two of his sons were absent from the proceedings since they are accompanying their 67-year-old mother in London. "It is up to them if they want to appear before the court or not", Maryam, who is touted as Sharif's political successor, told reporters outside the court.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court on July 28 had directed the NAB to file references against Nawaz Sharif and his children in six weeks in the accountability court and directed the trial court to decide the references within six months.

Former premier Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law Muhammad Safdar was arrested by Pakistan's anti-corruption watchdog on his return to the country from the United Kingdom though he was granted bail along with his wife on Monday.

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The court has set October 13 for indictment of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Safdar.

The judge barred Safdar from leaving Pakistan without its permission but rejected the NAB's request to confiscate his passport.

Amid slogans by the PML-N supporters, Maryam Nawaz left the airport for the residence of PML-N leader Chaudhry Muneer, reports said. The court also chose to conduct separate trials of Husain and Hasan from Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law.

She has since undergone three surgeries and remains in London. Maryam and Safdar were granted bail yesterday in the Panama Papers case.

The NAB has also written to the interior ministry to get Hassan and Hussain's red warrants issued through Interpol. "Those who sent home representative of 20 crore people should also be brought to justice", she said.


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