NAB team likely to visit London to collect evidence against Sharif family

An accountability court on Monday granted bail to ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz over a reference filed against her by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) pertaining to London properties owned by the family.

On October 2, the accountability court issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Sharif's sons and Captain Safdar for failing to appear on previous hearings.

Both Captain Safdar and Maryam Nawaz will appear before the court on Monday.

Maryam, who is being groomed as Sharif's political successor, appeared in the court for the first time today.

The NAB said that since there has been no extradition treaty between Pakistan and the UK, Sharif's sons may not be brought back here to face the three corruption and money laundering cases against them.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Daughter Maryam Nawaz has said that those who have presented themselves for accountability are being taken into custody while no action is taken against absconding law breakers. The court also asked him to seek its permission before going overseas and rejected the NAB request to confiscate his passport. Also, their case has been separated from that of the rest of the family members.

Maryam Nawaz said it was revenge and not accountability. "We respect the rule of law and the Constitution", local media quoted Maryam as saying.

"Questions will be asked if the cases which started with Panama ended with Iqama (Job contract)".

She said that JIT levelled false allegations and there was no substance in them. "The judges will have to answer the nation".

Speaking to Geo News on September 29, her son Hussain Nawaz had remarked: "There do come ups and downs during ailment and it took a couple of days for my mother's condition to improve".

She said judges will have to be answerable.

Nawaz Sharif was dismissed as prime minister in July for allegedly hiding a source of income "he disputes receiving", according to Reuters.

  • Jon Douglas