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

Nawaz arrives to meet the AJK prime minister

Sharif's son-in-law, retired army Capt. Mohammad Safdar, who is also a member of the lower house, was taken into custody from Islamabad airport on late Sunday soon after his arrival from London along with his wife Maryam Nawaz.

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. The judge ordered the NAB authorities to release Capt. Safdar after he too submitted surety bonds worth Rs. 5 million. She was not detained and later reached the court.

The former premier and his sons have been named in all three NAB references, while Maryam and husband Safdar were named in one.

Later, the Court adjourned the hearing till October 13 when former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar would be indicted.

Maryam Nawaz, before leaving for Islamabad, said the cases against the family were not for justice but for revenge.

After hearing arguments from the prosecution, the court accepted the bail of both Maryam and her husband. "I do not need to say anything here, the way things have been going on over the past year and a half has revealed the truth to the nation", the Dawn quoted her as saying.

She said that JIT levelled false allegations and there was no substance in them. Maryam and Safdar were granted bail yesterday in the Panama Papers case.

Nawaz Sharif was dismissed as prime minister in July for allegedly hiding a source of income "he disputes receiving", according to Reuters. "But here the case which was started from Panama ended on Iqama and these cases would continue till the Day of Judgment".

Marriyam Aurangzeb, the Minister of State for Information, also told reporters that Hussain and Hassan were both foreign residents and the law that applies on those doing business overseas also applied on the two.

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