Pakistan Accountability court grants bail to Maryam Nawaz, Capt Safdar

Pakistan Accountability court grants bail to Maryam Nawaz, Capt Safdar

SAM Staff,
Maryam Nawaz

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and Capt Safdar on Monday appeared before an accountability court in connection with corruption references.

The accountability court was hearing corruption cases filed against the Sharif family in connection with three references including Avenfield, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment Ltd by NAB.

NAB Judge Muhammad Bashir directed Maryam Nawaz to submit a surety bond worth Rs5 million to ensure that she would appear in future hearings, at which PML-N leader Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry submitted the bond on behalf of the PM’s daughter.

She was also provided copies of the references.

Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Haris filed an application praying the court to grant an exemption to his client from appearing before the court as he is in London to attend his wife undergoing treatment for cancer. Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s medical reports were also submitted to the court, praying the next hearing be held after a fortnight.

The accountability court reserved its decision on the application.

The NAB prosecutor opposed granting exemption to the former prime minister and requested the court to issue his arrest warrants.

The hearing was briefly adjourned until 10am.

Capt Safdar’s bail plea accepted

After resumption of the hearing, the prosecutor prayed the court to seize passport of Safdar, who was produced before the court after arrest by NAB, and send him to jail on judicial remand.

The accountability court dismissing the NAB’s request accepted the bail plea of Capt (Retd) Safdar and directed him to submit a surety bond of Rs5 million.

The court also directed the accused to seek permission from it before going abroad in future. He was also provided with copies of the reference.

After the submission of surety bond, the accountability court ordered the NAB authorities to release Capt Safdar.

Arrest warrants issued for Hassan and Hussain Nawaz 

The NAB prosecutor requested the court to declare ex-PM’s sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz as proclaimed offenders for not appearing before it.

The accountability court accepting the NAB plea issued perpetual arrest warrants for Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz.

The NAB authorities were ordered to advertise in newspapers that Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz were proclaimed offenders.

The court also separated their trial from other members of the Sharif family.

Later, the hearing was adjourned until Oct 13.

Earlier, accompanying PML-N leaders including Pervez Rashid, Asif Kirmani, Maryam Aurangzaib, Anoushay Rehman and a legal team, Maryam arrived at the court amid tight security.

The former prime minister did not appear in court today as he is in London to attend his ailing wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

In the wee hours of Monday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested Capt (retd) Safdar, the son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, from the Islamabad airport, shortly after he returned from London along with his wife Maryam Nawaz.

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.

The NAB  produced Capt (retd) Safdar before the accountability court.

On Oct 2, Judge Mohammad Bashir, during the hearing, had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Safdar, Hussain and Hasan, and bailable warrants for Maryam.