Sharif's son-in-law arrested, gets bail with wife


Maryam Nawaz, 43, along with her spouse, former army captain Muhammad Safdar, returned to the country late last night to appear in the Accountability Court.

NAB has prepared a compliance report on the warrants for the arrest and the prosecutors will present it in the court.

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

The court is likely to provide a copy of the NAB reference along with relevant details to Maryam and her husband if they appeared before the accountability court on Monday.

The Accountability Court has set October 13 for indictment of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Safdar.

The court held brief hearing and took a break before announcing the hearing will resume shortly. Two of Sharif's sons are also due to appear before the NAB court, along with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The court has also directed to hear their case in separate trials.

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Sharif, his children - Hussain, Hassan, and Maryam, and her husband Captain Safdar are expected to appear in court on October 9 and be indicted in the corruption cases.

Both were given bail in lieu of surety bonds of Rs. 50,000. The court also asked him to seek its permission before going overseas and rejected the NAB request to confiscate his passport.

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

The NAB is sending its team in pursuance of the letters it had written to the United Kingdom authorities in connection with the mutual legal agreement, the Dawn quoted official sources, as saying.

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

She also criticised the judges for disqualifying her father in the Panama Papers case. "When they couldn't find any evidence, they disqualified him on the Iqama (work permit) issue", she contended. "The judges will have to answer the nation".