Panama Papers: Maryam Nawaz, husband grated bail

SansadTV Bureau

Nawaz Sharif Pakistan PM

Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was arrested by the country’s anti-corruption authorities from Islamabad airport soon after he arrived from London.

A team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) took former army captain Muhammad Safdar into custody minutes after his arrival from London at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport along with his wife Maryam Nawaz.

Both Safdar and Maryam Nawaz were granted bail by the country’s anti-graft court in the Panama Papers scandal where it was revealed that the Sharif family had purchased properties in London with undisclosed incomes.

Safdar was under NAB’s radar in one of three corruption cases filed on September 8 against Pakistan’s former premier Sharif, his daughter Maraym, sons Husain and Hasan and his son-in-law Safdar.

Sharif and his two sons were absent as they are in London where 67-year-old Sharif’s wife is battling cancer.

Sharif attended the previous two hearings but went to London last week to see his ailing wife.

File Photo: Maryram Nawaz. PTI

File Photo: Maryram Nawaz. PTI

The court held a brief hearing, where Maryam was given copies of the case documents.

Sharif’s lawyer also presented an application to exempt him from appearance today as he was with his wife in London.

The trial judge had earlier issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of Safdar and Sharif’s two sons for failing to appear in court in the last hearing held on October 2.

The court, however, repeated the bailable warrants for Sharif’s daughter.

“We are going back and will appear before the court and go through the wheels of justice. We respect the rule of law and the Constitution,” local media quoted Maryam as saying.

Asked whether her brothers would return to Pakistan to face the NAB references against them, she said, “Hassan and Hussain would themselves tell you about their decision”.

Safdar told Geo News that the couple had decided to return to Pakistan on the advice of their lawyers.

Sharif had to step down as prime minister and president of the ruling PML-N party after he was disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28 in the Panama Papers scandal.

Sharif was re-elected as the president of the ruling PML-N on October 3 and immediately demanded that those who disqualified him should respect the people’s mandate and democracy.

(With inputs from agencies)