The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday shifted Captain (retired) Safdar Awan to the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

Earlier, he was presented before the accountability court. The NAB team arrested him on Sunday July 8 following accountability court's verdict in Avenfield properties reference. According to the verdict, captain (retired) Safdar was awarded one year imprisonment. He is also an accused in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills.   

Strict security measures were in place outside the Federal Judicial Complex in G-11 sector of Islamabad, where the accountability court is situated. Police officials, the elite force, and rangers were deployed outside the building. 

A NAB team reached the Federal Judicial Complex where it presented Safdar in an accountability court. He was then sent to the Adiala jail where he will be imprisoned for a year, the police confirmed. 

The media was not allowed to enter the court premises. 

Moreover, according to the sources, the NAB had identified those who had provided cover to Captain (retd) Safdar before he was arrested. Senator Chaudhry Tanveer, Shakeel Awaz, and Malik Abrar are clearly visible in a video recording, sources further added.

Legal proceedings will be taken up against those who were aiding the convict. 

NAB arrests Safdar

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Sunday arrested the son–in-law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was on Friday sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison over a corruption ruling linked to his family’s purchase of luxury flats in London.

Sharif’s daughter Maryam, seen as his chosen political heir, was sentenced to seven years in prison and her husband Muhammad Safdar was given a one-year jail term in a ruling many see as a blow to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party before the July 25 election.

Pakistan’s anti-corruption National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said in a statement that Muhammad Safdar handed himself in. Earlier in the day, Safdar and supporters had driven around the garrison city of Rawalpindi holding impromptu rallies, local television showed.

“After continued raids of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) at his houses in Abbotabad, Mansehra and Haripur, Captain Safdar decided to surrender before NAB,” NAB said,

NAB also requested media not to air Safdar’s live speeches, saying they are against the law and the code of conduct of the country’s media regulator.

After the verdict on Friday, Safdar said “justice has been massacred” and railed against the judiciary.

Sharif was jailed as the family could not explain how the obtained funds to purchase four luxury flats in London’s exclusive Hyde Park area. Maryam was given a prison term for allegedly providing a forged trust deed, for which Safdar was a witness.

Sharif and his daughter would return to Pakistan on July 13 from London where they are tending to the veteran leader’s wife, Kulsoom, who is being treated for cancer and is in coma after suffering a heart attack last month.

“We will reach Lahore on July 13,” Maryam told reporters.

Sharif and Maryam will face arrest on arrival in Pakistan just before the election, in which his party is in a tight race with opposition figure Imran Khan’s party.

Both Sharif and Maryam deny wrongdoing and plan to appeal the NAB decision.

Sharif had denounced the court proceedings against him as politically motivated and a judicial witch-hunt, often suggesting the military was to blame.

Pakistan’s military, which has ruled the country for almost half its history, denies involvement in civilian politics.

Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court in July 2017 and barred from politics for being “dishonest” by failing to report a monthly income of 10,000 Emirati dirhams ($2,723) from a company owned by his son. He denies drawing the monthly salary.