Picture of Safdar ‘hiding’ in Mansehra cave to avoid arrest surface

Picture of Safdar ‘hiding’ in Mansehra cave to avoid arrest surface

Mansehra (Staff Report): A picture surfaced, showing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law captain (retd) Mohammad Safdar hiding Saturday night in a Mansehra cave along with friends to avoid arrest over conviction in the Avenfield flats corruption case.

The undated picture reportedly released by the aides of Mr Safdar on the social media claimed that the cave was located in the mountainous Tanawal area. It also showed the former premier’s son-in-law with a small suitcase.

On Friday, the accountability court of Islamabad awarded Mr Safdar one-year imprisonment in the case.

The court awarded ousted premier to 10 years and Maryam Nawaz to 7 years imprisonment in the Avenfield corruption reference, while Capt (retd) Safdar will also face one year jail term in the case.

 Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir announced the verdict .

 Moreover, Nawaz and Maryam were also fined 8 and 2 million pounds respectively.

The court ordered to confiscate the property in question, suggesting the government to do legislation to bring plundered money back to the country.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Safdar have been in London since June 14 tending to Kulsoom Nawaz, who is under medical treatment there.

On Thursday, the representative of Nawaz Sharif, Zafar Khan submitted the plea in the court, asking the court to delay the verdict . The statement of the plea reads that he won’t be able to appear before the court on Friday, due to Kulsoom Nawaz’s critical health.

The court, on Tuesday, reserved its judgment in the Avenfield reference, which pertains to the Park Lane apartments (flats 16, 16-A, 17, and 17-A Avenfield House, Park Lane) of the Sharif family, involving Nawaz Sharif, his three children, and son-in-law Capt (r) Safdar as the accused.

Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption cases in the accountability court after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed references against them in light of the Supreme Court's verdict in the Panama Papers case last year.

Nawaz and his sons, Hussain and Hasan, are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference only.

Nawaz’s sons, Hasan and Hussain, have already been declared absconders in the case.