Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Nawaz Sharif's daughter, son-in-law granted bail in graft case

Nawaz Sharif's daughter, son-in-law granted bail in graft case

Muhammad Safdar, a lawmaker married to Sharif's daughter and heir-apparent Maryam, was arrested after he failed to appear at previous National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court hearing about corruption allegations stemming from a probe into the Sharif family wealth.

Capt (retd) Safdar's medical reports were also submitted before the court.

Replying to a question about her brothers Hassan and Hussain Nawaz appearance in the court, she said they would take the decision of returning to Pakistan on their own.

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.

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

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Accountability judge Muhammad Bashir granted bail to Maryam and Safdar and also exempted Sharif from Mondays hearing. The court also asked him to seek its permission before going overseas and rejected the NAB request to confiscate his passport. Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar will likely face indictment on the next hearing whether Sharif is present or not in court. Maryam Nawaz while speaking to media said, "My brothers live overseas and the laws of Pakistan do not apply to them", she said. Maryam was with him but she was not arrested. She said judicial system of Pakistan will be tested by her.

She also criticised the judges for disqualifying her father in the Panama Papers case. "But here the case which was started from Panama ended on Iqama and these cases would continue till the Day of Judgment".

Nawaz Sharif was dismissed as prime minister in July for allegedly hiding a source of income "he disputes receiving", according to Reuters.

Sharif was re-elected as the president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on October 3 and immediately demanded that those who disqualified him should respect the people's mandate and democracy.

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