Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pakistani Ex-PM Sharif To Return For Jail Term As Son-In-Law Surrenders

Pakistani Ex-PM Sharif To Return For Jail Term As Son-In-Law Surrenders

Sharif and his daughter would return to Pakistan on July 13 from London where they are tending to the veteran leader's wife, Kulsoom, who is being treated for cancer and is in a coma after suffering a heart attack last month. "Media is requested to kindly do not air his [Safdar's] live speeches which are against the law and code of conduct of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and do not try to glorify him; if media will give him live coverage and glorify him, then the illegal acts of convicted persons and culture of lawlessness will be encouraged in Pakistan", it added.

Both Nawaz Sharif and his daughter are now in London to look after Mr Sharif's wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who is suffering from throat cancer and has been on ventilator since June 14 after a cardiac arrest.

Safdar's name has been added to the blacklist; he now can not leave the country.

NAB teams are expected to arrest both father and daughter as soon as they arrive.

Sharif's son-in-law Capt (retd.) M Safdar who has been given one-year jail term for not cooperating with NAB, and aiding and abetting Sharif and Maryam has been arrested and sent to Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi. But the NAB has said the family has been unable to explain how it paid for them.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz will address the rallies and announce future course of action. The party planned the rally a day earlier but did not disclose that Mr Safdar would join it, he said.

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The father and daughter have recovered since their March 4 poisoning. A tweet by police said, "the public should not be alarmed by this".

However, Judge Mohammad Bashir said that the last deadline (10 July) to resolve the cases is near.

According to the report, Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) teams were heading to the venue to arrest Safdar.

Nawaz, considered to be her father's political heir, was also sentenced to a seven-year term in connection with the same case.

"Since the road option may be hard for the authorities concerned with regard to provide security cover, a helicopter should be provided to the NAB to avoid problems in the arrest and shifting them (Nawaz and Maryam) to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi after producing them before the accountability court", the official said.

Rachel Davies Teka, Head of Advocacy at Transparency International UK, said, "We are calling on the UK authorities to investigate the London-based assets identified in this conviction and ensure that Sharif and his family are no longer able to enjoy any luxury homes that are found to have been bought with the proceeds of corruption".

"Our workers can not be stopped by any hurdle", she said.

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