NAB arrests Capt (retd) Safdar in Rawalpindi after Avenfield verdict


He had earlie­r announ­ced to surren­der himsel­f before the author­ities at Liaqua­t Bagh

Capt (retd) Safdar Awan makes his way to Rawalpindi. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Capt (retd) Safdar Awan makes his way to Rawalpindi. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and son-in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Capt (retd) Safdar Awan in Rawalpindi.

He had announced to surrender himself before the authorities at Liaquat Bagh earlier on Sunday.

Capt (retd) Safdar was arrested in light of the accountability court’s judgment in Avenfield reference against him, his wife Maryam Nawaz and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Radio Pakistan reported.

He was sentenced for one year rigorous imprisonment in the case on Friday.

Accompanied by PML-N supporters and members including Chaudhry Tanveerm Daniyal Chaudhry, Shaikh Arsalan, Arsalan Hafeez and Malik Shakeel, Capt (retd) Safdar was heading towards the party’s office at 6th road in Rawalpindi when arrested.

Capt (retd) Safdar Awan makes his way to Rawalpindi. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Capt (retd) Safdar Awan makes his way to Rawalpindi. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Earlier in the day, Capt Safdar said in an audio message that he will comply with the party’s decision and offer himself for arrest. “Initially I had planned to surrender in Mansehra but will be surrendering from a different city in accordance with the party’s plan,” he said. “It is a matter of honour to present myself before the authorities. I will respect party’s decision.”

NAB says ready to arrest Sharifs

On Saturday, National Accountability Bureau(NAB) sent teams to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to arrest Safdar following an accountability court verdict sentencing him to one-year imprisonment in the Avenfield Apartments reference.

After conducting raids at Safdar’s properties in Abbottabad, Haripur and Mansehra, the teams were deputed in the cities until his arrest. The K-P administration and police are fully cooperating with NAB, bureau sources told The Express Tribune.

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