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NAB Arrests Nawaz Sharif's Son-In-Law Minutes After His Arrival In Pakistan

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| October 9 , 2017 , 18:00 IST

As the son-in-law of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lands back in the country, the National Accountability Bureau nabbed former army captain Muhammad Safdar at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport.

The arrest comes in lines with a corruption cases pending against him under Pakistan’s anti-corruption authorities.

According to reports, minutes after Safdar set foot on the ground, a team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) took former army captain into custody minutes along with his wife Maryam Nawaz.

NAB has named him in one of three corruption cases filed on September 8 against Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maraym, sons Husain and Hasan and his son-in-law Safdar.

Returning from London, where Nawaz Sharif's wife is being treated for throat cancer, the couple are reportedly here to appear before an anti-graft tribunal in connection with the NAB reference pertaining to London properties owned by their family.

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NAB officials said that Safdar was presented before an Islamabad court later. Maryam, who was not detained, separately appeared in the same court for the first time.

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. Although Sharif had attended the previous two hearings before leaving to meet his ailing wife.

According to local media, Maryam said, "We are going back and will appear before the court and go through the wheels of justice. We respect the rule of law and the Constitution.”

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.

Earlier, Pakistani Supreme Court had disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from his position and barred him from ever holding a public office after he was found to have played a role in the Panama papers case.