Maryam Nawaz, Captain Safdar appear before accountability court

Wednesday, 11 Oct, 2017

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday arrested ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law as he arrived in Pakistan.

The Court provided the copies of the references to Maryam Nawaz, and ordered to release Captain (retd) Safdar on bail.

Both Capt Safdar and Maryam Nawaz are scheduled to appear before the court on Monday in connection with the NAB reference pertaining to London properties owned by the Sharif family.

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.

The former PM's daughter also said that while her family is arrested on airport when they voluntarily appear before the court, there are some absconders who are never arrested even when they evade courts and hold public gatherings.

The former premier and his sons have been named in all three NAB references, while Maryam and husband Safdar were named in only one.

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The court also barred Captain Safdar from leaving Pakistan without the court's permission.

"These trials will last till the day of judgement unless something emerges in which he (Nawaz Sharif) or anyone from his family is caught", she said.

The NAB is sending its team in pursuance of the letters it had written to the United Kingdom authorities in connection with the mutual legal agreement, the Dawn quoted official sources, as saying. But she quickly added that she was returning "to test the judicial system".

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and wife of party head Nawaz Sharif, Kulsoom Nawaz, will undergo chemotherapy, confirmed her daughter, Maryam Nawaz, on Tuesday. Maryam and Safdar were granted bail yesterday in the Panama Papers case. "The judges would have to answer it", she said referring to dismissal of Sharif for non-declaration of his salary from his son's company in the UAE.

Television footage showed some supporters from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) trying to stop the vehicle from leaving the airport, including some who lay down in front of it. In July, Sharif was disqualified from office.