Cat-mouse play ends: NAB officials finally arrest Captain(R) Safdar

RAWALPINDI: With so much cat and mouse play in Rawalpindi, the National Accountability Bureau’s team finally apprehended Captain(R) Safdar, who on Sunday surprisingly appeared at Liaqat Bagh amid Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz) workers rally.

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The arrest came after 3 hours of efforts as PML(N) workers appeared to be a shield between NAB officials and Captain(R) Safadr, who was sentenced to one year imprisonment in Avenfield verdict on Friday.

Earlier today, from unidentified location Safdar via audio message informed Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz) workers that he will surrender his arrest before the National Accountability Bureau(NAB) today.

Local leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were leading a party rally on Liaquat Road when Safdar disembarked from a vehicle and joined the rally.

Local PML-N leaders Senator Chaudhry Tanveer and Malik Shakeel Awan, among others, were leading the rally and brought Safdar into their fold.

The husband of Maryam Nawaz released an audio message stating, “I had earlier decided to court arrest in Tarnol, but as per the party’s decision I will now surrender from another city.”

Capt (retd) Safdar, however, did not reveal the name of the city.

“Surrendering is an honourable act,” he upheld.

Nawaz’s son-in-law in the audio message further expressed hope that “Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz will sweep the elections from Hazara”.

“I am an ordinary party worker,” he added.

Meanwhile, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigation officer Imran Dogar is leading two teams — one in Mansehra and the other in Capt (retd) Safdar’s native village — which are conducting raids with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police’s cooperation in a bid to arrest Nawaz’s son-in-law.

The Accountability Court on Friday announced the verdict in Avenfield reference against the disgraced prime minister Nawaz Sharif  who is convicted  over money laundering and has been served 10 years sentence in Avenfield reference.

Furthermore, Maryam Nawaz is sentenced for 7 years of imprisonment over submitting forged documents before the Supreme Court led Joint Investigation Team.

Captain(R) Safdar is sentenced for one year.

Moreover, Nawaz was fined £8 million and Maryam £2 million.

Avenfield Refernce was  one of the corruption references filed against Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz on the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan, last year.

On Wednesday in the press conference outside the London’s hospital where Nawaz’s ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz is being treated against cancer, the former had sought the delay in Avenfield reference till Kulsoom’s health condition omproves.

However, on Thursday a formal plea was submitted before the court by Nawaz’s counsel in this regard.

Avenfield reference is one of the three reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau(NAB) on the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan in Panama Paper’s case last year.

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz and Captain(R) Safdar are charged in Avenfield refernce, which revolves around allegations of buying London flats through money laundring.

The NAB contended that Nawaz was the beneficial owner of London’s flats, as he misused his power when he was the public office holder(PM).

Whereas ousted PM Nawaz refuted allegations, saying that he had nothing to do with his children’s business, as flats are owned by his sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz.

The Accountability Court however declared Hussain, Hassan Nawaz proclaimed offenders owing to their no-show in the entire case proceedings.

Furthermore, apparent heir of Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz was indicted for allegedly submitting forged documents before Supreme Court led Joint Investigation Team(JIT) last year.

Nawaz and Maryam attended 78 hearings, as they often visited London in between to spend time with Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

Safdar, however, attended nearly all the proceedings.

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