Former Pakistani Prime Minister's son-in-law held by anti-corruption authorities

Marsha Scott
October 11, 2017

"Since the NAB has not yet received a reply from the United Kingdom authorities, it has chose to pursue the matter in person", the source said, adding that the team would make sure of its return before Friday to submit a report to the accountability court in Islamabad in connection with the indictment of Sharif, his daughter Maryam and sons Hassan and Hussain.

Meanwhile while hearing the references on Monday, the Court accepted the bail plea of Captain (retd) Safdar and ordered his release.

On the request of Khawaja Harris, Nawaz Sharif's counsel, the court approved Sharif's exemption from appearing at court on Monday.

Sharif and his sons were absent during the hearing as they are still in London to attend to Kulsoom. The court rejected the plea announced that it will indict the accused during the next hearing.

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.

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A team comprising 3 to 4 members will visit foreign countries under mutual legal agreement to collect crucial evidence for Sharif family assets.

Maryam, who is being groomed as Sharif's political successor, appeared in the court for the first time today. Both had to file surety bonds of 5 million Pakistani Rupees each for their bails.

Former premier Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law Muhammad Safdar was arrested by Pakistan's anti-corruption watchdog on his return to the country from the United Kingdom though he was granted bail along with his wife on Monday.

Maryam had run a successful campaign for the PML-N while her mother received medical treatment in London, resulting in PML-N securing Nawaz's "home seat" in NA-120. "We respect the rule of law and the Constitution", local media quoted Maryam as saying. But she quickly added that she was returning "to test the judicial system". "The judges would have to answer it", she said referring to dismissal of Sharif for non-declaration of his salary from his son's company in the UAE.

She said judges will have to be answerable.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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