Captain Safdar arrested, Maryam heads home

Former PM Sharif's son-in-law arrested on return to Pakistan

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law Muhammad Safdar has been arrested by National Accountability Bureau sleuths on Monday at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in the Panama Papers case.

Meanwhile, the NAB prosecution asked the court to issue arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif, who they said had left for London, despite being a primary accused, without informing the NAB authorities.

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

The accountability court declared Nawaz Sharif's children Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz as absconders after both failed to appear in the court despite non-bailable arrest warrants issued against them last week.

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.

Though the former prime minister had reservations over the entire process, the state minister said, they appeared before the courts to show respect for the Constitution and law.

Pakistan's top court also ordered a wide-ranging NAB investigation and trial into Sharif family members. The court also asked him to seek its permission before going overseas and rejected the NAB request to confiscate his passport.

She said that JIT levelled false allegations and there was no substance in them.

Sanaullah blamed that Nawaz Sharif, who always ensures Pakistan's progress, is being personally targeted.

After appearing before the court here, Maryam told the media that her family was being tried despite already receiving the punishment - the disqualification of her father Nawaz Sharif.

The four cases against the Sharif family are related to their properties in London and Dubai. Maryam was with him but she was not arrested. "Those who sent home representative of 20 crore people should also be brought to justice", she said.

The court granted Nawaz Sharif one-day exemption from appearance and set October 13 as date for his indictment.

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