Panama Papers case: Nawaz's son-in-law arrested on return to Pakistan

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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law was on Monday arrested by anti-corruption authorities in connection with corruption cases pending against him. On the previous hearing the court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants against them yet they skipped the hearing yesterday.

The Court provided the copies of the references to Maryam Nawaz, and ordered to release Captain (retd) Safdar on bail.

She also said, "Hassan and Hussain would themselves tell about their decision" when asked whether her brothers would return to Pakistan to appear before the court in the NAB proceedings.

Hussain and Hassan left for London to be with their mother, Kulsoom, who is battling throat cancer.

Maryam, who is being groomed as Sharif's political successor, appeared in the court for the first time today.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court on July 28 had directed the NAB to file references against Nawaz Sharif and his children in six weeks in the accountability court and directed the trial court to decide the references within six months.

They have been charged in one of three corruption cases against Sharif.

The court rejected NAB's request to confiscate Mr Safdar's passport and to issue his judicial remand, however, the accused has been directed not to leave the country without court's permission. Maryam criticised the arrest of her husband and said he was taken into custody despite the fact that he had come back to face the case.

"We are not among those who worry about arrests", the Dawn quoted Maryam, as saying.

Deputy Prosecutor General of the NAB Chaudhry Khaliquz Zaman said since Sharif's sons had been declared proclaimed offenders, there properties and bank accounts in Pakistan will be attached (frozen). "The judges will have to answer the nation".

Marriyam Aurangzeb, the Minister of State for Information, later 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.

She said judges will have to be answerable. The seat had fallen vacant after her husband was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.