NAB Arrests Nawaz Sharif's Son-In-Law Minutes After His Arrival In Pakistan

Frederick Owens
October 11, 2017

Muhammad Safdar, a lawmaker married to Sharif's daughter and heir-apparent Maryam, was detained after he failed to appear at previous National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court hearings about corruption allegations stemming from a probe into the Sharif family's wealth. 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.

Sharif, his children - Hussain, Hassan, and Maryam, and her husband Captain Safdar are expected to appear in court on October 9 and be indicted in the corruption cases.

On Monday, the NAB declared Sharif's sons, Hussain and Hassan, proclaimed offenders for repeatedly failing to appear before it.

The NAB said that since there has been no extradition treaty between Pakistan and the UK, Sharif's sons may not be brought back here to face the three corruption and money laundering cases against them.

The court also issued perpetual warrants for the arrest of Nawaz Sharif's two sons, and separated their trial from other members of the family.

The court accepted the bail applications of Maryam and Safdar and postponed the hearing till October 13, according to court officials. The court also asked him to seek its permission before going overseas and rejected the NAB request to confiscate his passport.

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Maryam Nawaz tweeted a picture of Kulsoom in the hospital, with Nawaz by her side, and thanked her followers for their "valuable prayers".

"We are not among those who worry about arrests", the Dawn quoted Maryam, as saying.

Zardari addressed workers of Pakistan People's Party in capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and said that Imran Khan could not handle dengue outbreak in the province, how could he run the country. The court also made a decision to conduct separate trials of Husain and Hasan from Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law.

She also criticised the judges for disqualifying her father 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.

She said that the next general elections would be held on time in 2018 and the government would complete its tenure. In July, Sharif was disqualified from office.

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