Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam appears before NAB court in Islamabad

ANI | Updated: Oct 09, 2017 11:50 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], October 9 (ANI): Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Retired Captain Muhammad Safdar appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday in connection with a reference related to the London properties owned by the Sharif family.

She was accompanied by senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and ministers.

Sharif's daughter and his son-in-law had arrived today from London for appearance in the court.

Maryam's husband Captain Safdar was taken into custody by NAB minutes after he landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport along with her.

Capt. Safdar was brought to the court in an armoured vehicle, the Dawn reported.

During the hearing, PML-N leader Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry submitted surety bonds worth 5 million Pakistani Rupees on behalf of Maryam.

She was also provided a copy of the NAB reference along with relevant details.

On October 2, Sharif's indictment on charges of corruption was deferred by a NAB court till October 9.

The accountability court, which was hearing three corruption references against former Sharif and his family, also issued non-bailable arrest warrants against his children and son-in-law.

Sharif, his children - Hussain, Hassan, and Maryam - and her husband Captain Safdar are expected to appear in court on October 9 and be indicted in the corruption cases.

On October 3, Sharif was re-elected as president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Tuesday.

PML-N leader Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry submitted Sharif's papers for the party president in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) while no one other candidate from the party contested the election, the Dawn reported.

The development came after Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain ratified the Elections Bill 2017 which paved the way for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to become the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president.

The Election Bill 2017, commonly known as the Electoral Reforms Bill, which was already been approved by the Senate, was subsequently signed into law by President Mamnoon Hussain late Monday night.

A controversial clause in the bill allows disqualified politicians to hold a public office or to lead a political party.

The opposition members in the National Assembly protested the passing of the bill and tore copies of it after it was presented by Law Minister Zahid Hamid. (ANI)