The national accountability Bureau of Pakistan (NAB) has arrested the son-in-law of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif captain Muhammad Safdar in the high-profile anti-corruption investigation under way in relation to the former head of the government, members of his family and confidants after the publication of the so-called Panamanian documents, transfers TV channel Geo TV. The reason for the arrest was a warrant issued by the court on October 2 after the absence of Safdar at the hearing in the Islamabad court.
The NAB staff was waiting for Safdar at Islamabad airport where he arrived on Monday, October 9, from London along with his wife – the daughter of Nawaz Sharif Maryam Nawaz. After the detention of Safdar was taken to the court at the hearing. Wife of Safdar was not arrested because her order wasn’t issued. She was able to leave the airport.
At the same time, supporters of Nawaz Sharif from his party, the Pakistan Muslim League tried to prevent the detention of the son-in-law of ex-Prime Minister. They attacked the car of NAB, in which he was transported, was hitting the hood, and blocked the road. To pacify the activists managed only through the intervention of some senior members of the party.
We will remind, in the spring of 2016, the international consortium of investigative journalist (ICIJ) published an archive of confidential documents to the Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca, specializing in the creation of offshore companies. Of these securities, dubbed “the Panama document”, it follows that Mossack Fonseca has helped clients, including prominent politicians, to launder the money to avoid sanctions and tax evasion.
In the scandal of offshore featured a number of prominent politicians. Among them was the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and his family – sons, Hussein and Hassan, daughter Miriam and son-in-Safdar. They were accused of secret possession of elite real estate in London and offshore companies. Another accusation concerns the Finance Minister of Pakistan Ishaq Dar. He is suspected in possession of assets exceeding known sources of income.
July 28, 2017 the Supreme court of Pakistan ousted Nawaz Sharif from the post of Prime Minister in connection with allegations of corruption. Sam Sharif denies all charges. In late September, he already appeared before the court, but the proceedings against him suspended. The former Prime Minister is in London, where his wife is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. The court in Islamabad intends to solve a question on possibility of consideration of the case in the absence of policy.