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Capt Safder Produced Before Accountability Court

Islamabad (October 9, 2017): National Accountability Court (NAB) Rawalpindi on Monday produced Capt (Retd) Muhammad Safder before the accountability court Islamabad hearing NAB references against Sharif family.

Safder, who was earlier arrested by a NAB team upon arrival from London from Islamabad airport, was brought to the accountability court in an Hiace van from NAB Rawalpindi office.

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The son-in-law of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was produced before the court amid strict security measures.

Earlier, Maryam Nawaz reached Judicial Complex to appear before the accountability court from the residence of Chaudhry Muneer, father-in –law of her daughter.

The accountability court will resume hearing of NAB references against Sharif family shortly.The court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Hassan Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Capt (retd) Muhammad Safder on last date of hearing after they failed to appear before the court despite issuance of their bailable arrest warrants by the court. However, the court had issued bail-able warrant of arrest for Maryam Nawaz.

Maryam was accompanied by Pervez Rasheed, Asif Kirmani  and other PML-N leaders to the judicial complex.

Strict security arrangements have been made and around 1000 police and Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel have been deployed for security during the hearing.

Earlier, NAB officials arrested Captain (retd) Safdar, the son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, from outside Islamabad airport, shortly after he returned from London along with his wife Maryam Nawaz late Sunday.A six-member NAB team waited outside Rawal lounge of the airport for the arrest of Capt (retd) Safdar, as the airport authorities stopped them from entering the lounge.

Safdar’s arrest came minutes after Maryam Nawaz left the airport premises alone amid cheers by scores of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers, who gathered outside the airport.

Maryam went to the residence of Chaudhry Muneer – her daughter’s father-in-law – in Islamabad’s F-6 sector from airport.A number of PML-N leaders including Asif Kirmani, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Marvi Memon, Maiza Hameed and Tariq Fazal Chaudhry were also present at the airport.

The PML-N activists protested against the arrest of Captain (retd) Safdar outside the airport. They chanted slogans in favour of the party leadership and kept the way for the vehicle, in which Safdar was being taken to NAB’s regional office in Islamabad, blocked for quite some time.The workers seemed adamant not to let the vehicle pass through, despite repeated calls by the party leaders present on the spot. Raged activists thumped the vehicle repeatedly, while a few also laid down before it.

They, however, backed off after PML-N leader Dr. Asif Kirmani conveyed leadership’s directives to them to not block the way of NAB officials.

The NAB has  iled three references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court’s orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28.

The accountability court has been granted six months to wrap up the proceedings by the apex court.The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies.

NAB’s Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family.Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family’s Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income.

If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.

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