Panama Papers: Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law Mohammad Safdar arrested on return to Pakistan

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The arrest follows issuance of non-bailable warrants by the accountability court for Capt Safdar after he failed to appear on previous hearings despite notices.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) lawyers asked the court to send Safdar to jail on judicial remand but the court granted him bail and ordered him to pay Rs 50,000 for surety bonds.

"Since the NAB has not yet received a reply from the United Kingdom authorities, it has made a decision to pursue the matter in person", the source said, adding that the team would make sure of its return before Friday to submit a report to the accountability court in Islamabad in connection with the indictment of Sharif, his daughter Maryam and sons Hassan and Hussain.

However, Sharif and his two sons were absent as they are in London where 67-year-old Sharif's wife is battling throat cancer. Maryam, who was not detained, separately appeared in the same court for the first time.

Pakistan's anti-corruption authorities have arrested former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's son-in- law in multiple corruption cases, officials and local media reported.

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The court also barred Captain Safdar from leaving Pakistan without the court's permission.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and wife of party head Nawaz Sharif, Kulsoom Nawaz, will undergo chemotherapy, confirmed her daughter, Maryam Nawaz, on Tuesday.

"We are not among those who worry about arrests", the Dawn quoted Maryam, as saying. Also, their case has been separated from that of the rest of the family members. Maryam and Safdar were granted bail yesterday in the Panama Papers case. She said Pakistani laws could not be imposed on Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.

"When they could not find any evidence, they disqualified him on the Iqama (work permit) issue", she contended. "Those who sent home representative of 20 crore people should also be brought to justice", she said.

Nawaz was disqualified by the Supreme Court in July for not declaring a source of income that he disputes receiving.

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