Pakistan's corruption case continues with arrest of former PM's son-in-law

Pauline Gross
October 11, 2017

After Safdar failed to appear in previous hearings, the arrests follow a non-bailable warrant issued by the accountability court.

Maryam Nawaz and husband Capt Safdar had been released earlier after each submitted surety bonds of 50 lacs.

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.

Maryam, who is being groomed as Sharif's political successor, appeared in the court for the first time today.

Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharifs two sons, now in London, may not appear before the anti-corruption court, taking advantage of their foreign residency, leaders of the ruling PML-N have indicated.

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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Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Daughter Maryam Nawaz has said that those who have presented themselves for accountability are being taken into custody while no action is taken against absconding law breakers.

Before leaving for Islamabad, Maryam Nawaz said the cases against the family were not for justice but for revenge.

Later both Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar appeared the Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir amid tight security arrangements.

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.

"Those who want to appear by free will are arrested from airport, but we are not afraid of it", she said. The court also made a decision to conduct separate trials of Husain and Hasan from Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law. They were then transported to an accountability court in Islamabad, Pakistan. She criticised the judges for disqualifying her father in the Panama Papers case. "When they couldn't find any evidence, they disqualified him on the Iqama (work permit) issue", she contended.

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