Pakistan's former premier's son-in-law arrested

Safdar, a former army captain and the husband of Maryam Nawaz, widely seen as Sharif's political heir, was taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) when he landed at the global airport in Rawalpindi early on Monday.

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.

When Maryam was asked when her brothers, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, would appear before the court, she said, "My brothers live overseas. the laws of here [Pakistan] don't apply to them".

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 is not sure whether her brothers would appear before the court on October as said: "My brothers take their decisions themselves".

NAB has named him in one of three corruption cases filed on September 8 against Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maraym, sons Husain and Hasan and his son-in-law Safdar. The court also asked him to seek its permission before going overseas and rejected the NAB request to confiscate his passport.

"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.

She said: "I and my husband Capt (r) Safdar have appeared before the court". Maryam and Safdar were granted bail yesterday in the Panama Papers case.

Maryam Nawaz said questions will be raised when a case filed on Panama Leaks ended on Iqama (work permit) and that the judges have to answer these questions. May be legal experts and judges would save them but the way the stains of law, justice and constitution have been imprinted, it will take time to wash them, she remarked. Despite being ousted from his position, Nawaz (left) can still be re-elected thanks to the Pakistan parliament approving a bill allowing officials disqualified by courts to hold party offices.


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