Captain Mohammad Safdar, National Assembly member, arrested at the Islamabad airport
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.
Captain Mohammad Safdar, who is also a member of the lower house, the National Assembly, was taken into custody at the Islamabad airport late Sunday night soon after his return from London with his wife Mariyum Nawaz.
Live footage aired on local Dunya TV showed hundreds of ruling Pakistan Muslim League workers surrounded the vehicle in which Captain Safdar was being shifted to an investigation center. Many of them laid in front of the vehicle as police tried to hold off the protesters.
On October 2, an anti-corruption court, which is trying the Sharif family in four different corruption cases, issued non-bailable arrest warrants for his two sons and son-in-law, and bailable warrants for his daughter Mariyum Nawaz for deliberating avoiding the court proceedings.
Captain Safdar will appear before the anti-corruption court on Monday. Sharif’s two sons-Hassan Nawaz and Hussein Nawaz- who are British nationals, chose not to appear before the court.
The anti corruption authorities, however, allowed Mariyum Nawaz, who is touted as Sharif’s political successor, to leave after she produced her bail documents.
Sharif, 67, was disqualified by the country’s Supreme Court in the Panama case scandal in July this year. The court also ordered the opening of multiple corruption cases against Sharif and his family.
The former premier has been elected to the country’s top office thrice but could not complete even a single term.