Former PM Sharif’s son-in-law held by anti-graft bureau on return from London

Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Muhammad Safdar was taken into custody by a team of Pakistan’s anti-graft agency the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) minutes after he landed at the airport in capital Islamabad along with his wife Maryam Nawaz from London in the early hours of Monday morning.

Safdar and his wife (Sharif’s daughter) had arrived to appear before the Islamabad accountability court in connection with a reference filed by NAB as required by the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case.

The arrest follows issuance of non-bailable warrants by the accountability court for Capt(r) Safdar after he failed to appear on previous hearings despite notices.

Capt Safdar told Geo News, a local TV channel, that the couple had decided to return to Pakistan on the advice of their lawyers.

Arrest warrants for Safdar were issued by an accountability court after he and other members of the Sharif family failed to appear before it.

Sharif and his sons Hasan and Hussain Nawaz will not be appearing and an application in this regard will be moved in the court.

The couple are scheduled to appear before the court on Monday in connection with the NAB reference pertaining to London properties owned by the Sharif family.

Strict security arrangements have been made for Monday’s hearing.

The court is likely to provide a copy of the NAB reference along with relevant details to Maryam and her husband if they appeared before the accountability court on Monday.

The court is likely to collect surety from Maryam and Safdar to ensure their appearance in the proceedings and then provide them copies of the references and records. The court may call them again within seven days to frame charges, as the indictment will not be possible in the absence of Sharif, report local daily The Express Tribune.

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