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Capt (R) Safdar sent to jail on judicial remand

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LAHORE: Capt (R) Muhammad Safdar Awan, son-in-law of Ex-PM Mian Nawaz Sharif who was arrested last night by Islampura Police for delivering hate speech, had been sent to jail on judicial remand.

According to details he was arrested when returning after seeing ailing Nawaz Sharif under treatment in Services Hospital. 

Today the magistrate, rejecting police’s request for physical remand, sent him to jail on judicial remand. 

A relevant piece published earlier:

Lahore Police arrests Capt (R) Safdar for delivering hate-speech

LAHORE: Capt (R) Muhammad Safdar Awan, son-in-law of Ex-PM Mian Nawaz Sharif has been arrested by Islampura Police at Ravi Motorway Toll Plaza for delivering hate speech. 

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Muhammad Safdar leaves Jail

RAWALPINDI/LAHORE: After receiving  IHC order sheet today apropos their release on bail in light of its verdict of suspension of their sentences in Avenfield reference, SP Adiala Jail let Nawaz, Maryam & Safdar go this evening. 

The trio was greeted by a large number of PML-N supporters outside the jail. Later they were taken to Allama Iqbal International Airport by a special plane. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders Hamza Shehbaz Sharif, Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Ghazali Saleem Butt, Hafiz Mian Nauman and other senior leaders besides a large number of party workers were present outside the airport to receive their leader. Later, the caravan of Nawaz Sharif reached Jati Umra.

A two-member bench of High Court (comprising Justice Athar Minallah & Justice Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb) here while announcing its verdict on pleas filed by deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar challenging the Avenfield decision has suspended the sentence and ordered their release.

The short judgment reads: “The instant writ petition is also allowed and sentence awarded to the petitioners by the accountability court shall remain suspended till the final adjudication of the appeal filed by the petitioner”. The sentences will remain suspended until the final adjudication of the appeals filed by the petitioners. 

Earlier when the NAB prosecutor concluded his arguments, Nawaz’s counsel, Khawaja Harris, presented brief arguments following which the court had reserved its judgment. They had filed petitions in Islamabad High Court for suspension of their conviction on 17th of July this year.

The trio has been asked to furnish bail bonds of half a million rupees each: “The petitioner shall be released on bail subject to furnishing bail bonds in the sum of Rs500, 000 with one surety in the amount to the satisfaction of deputy registrar of the high court.”

It may be recalled that on 6th of July 2018 Accountability Court had sentenced Nawaz Sharif to ten-years rigorous imprisonment, Maryam Nawaz to seven-years of rigorous imprisonment and Muhammad Safdar to one-year rigorous imprisonment. The trio was jailed on 13th of July. In the petitions onus of proof had been moved to the prosecution.  The court mulled whether the conviction can be based on presumption.

It is pertinent to mention here that NAB that had been raising an objection at IHC over the maintainability of the petitions, moved the SCP to block the petitions. But SCP slapped a fine on NAB for filing a frivolous petition.

Conspicuous among those who were present in the courtroom there were Shehbaz Sharif, Pervaiz Rashid, and Khurram Dastagir. The released trio will be taken to Lahore by means of a special plane. 

NAB chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal said that NAB will appeal in the apex court against the IHC’s verdict.

News Pakistan

 

Ammar Ahmed

Karachi-based Ammar Ahmed, who studied Law, writes on a number of subjects mostly international politics and crime.