PHC restrains NAB from arresting Capt Safdar

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday restrained the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from arresting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, Capt (retd) Safdar without warrants which have to be taken 10 prior his arrest.

However, the court directed Safdar to cooperate with the NAB officials in their probe against alleged corruption cases and appear before the NAB officials without any fear, whenever they issue a summon order. Safdar who is also the son-in-law of the former Prime Minister, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, has submitted a case in the PHC complaining the NAB officials have subjected him to harassment and he fears that he could be arrested any time.

This restraining order was issued by a two-judge bench headed by justice Roohul Amin Khan while hearing the petition of the Captain retired Safdar.  “NAB summons in one case but arrests in another case,” Safdar’s lawyer said in reference to PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif’s arrest inside the NAB Lahore office in the Ashiana Iqbal housing case but he was summoned for questioning in another graft case.

NAB prosecutor Jameel Khan complained that Safdar didn’t show up whenever he was summoned. “You should appear before NAB when you are summoned. Why do you worry,” asked Justice Roohul Amin. He directed the PML-N leader to cooperate with NAB in the investigation, saying it won’t arrest him.

The court restrained the Bureau from arresting him without warrants and directed it to issue his warrants at least 10 days before his arrest if it intended to do so.

Captain Safdar has been sentenced to jail in the Avenfield corruption reference filed by the national accountability bureau however, he was released from Adiala jail along with Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz after the Islamabad High Court suspended their respective prison sentences in the case.