Capt (retd) Safdar released after appearance before court @ Pakistan Herald

Pakistan's anti-corruption authorities today arrested the son-in-law of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif from an airport here in connection with corruption cases pending against him.

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.

Safdar, who was arrested soon after midnight, was expected to be released after his NAB court appearance with Maryam this morning.

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".

However, Sharif and his two sons were absent as they are in London where 67-year-old Sharif's wife is battling throat cancer. She was not detained and later reached the court.

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Earlier, Pakistani Supreme Court had disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from his position and barred him from ever holding a public office after he was found to have played a role in the Panama papers case.

The court also barred Captain Safdar from leaving Pakistan without the court's permission. He secured bail along with his wife Maryam Nawaz. Also, their case has been separated from that of the rest of the family members.

Deputy Prosecutor General of the NAB Chaudhry Khaliquz Zaman said since Sharif's sons had been declared proclaimed offenders, there properties and bank accounts in Pakistan will be attached (frozen). "We respect the rule of law and the Constitution", local media quoted Maryam as saying. The judge reserved his decision on the request but granted Sharif's daughter and her husband bail.

Television footage showed some supporters from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) trying to stop the auto from leaving the airport, including some who lay down in front of it.

Nawaz Sharif was dismissed as prime minister in July for allegedly hiding a source of income "he disputes receiving", according to Reuters. Questions will be raised when the Panama case ends in "iqama" (foreign work permit).

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