ISLAMABAD  -  PML-N leader Capt (r) Muhammad Safdar has been shifted to Adiala Jail on Monday morning amid tight security.

Earlier, Captain (r) Safdar was produced before the Accountability Court from the NAB Rawalpindi office in an armoured vehicle.

In the Accountability Court, Safdar was presented before Judge NAB Accountability Court Muhammad Bashir. NAB’s Investigative Officer informed the court that Captain (r) Safdar has been convicted and got one-year sentence in the Avenfield Properties Reference, requesting the court to send the convict for judicial remand in the jail.

Judge Accountability Court Bashir inquired from Safdar whether he got the copies of court’s verdict in the Avenfield Properties Reference. After replying in affirmative, the Court ordered to send the convict to Adiala Jail and then he was shifted to the jail amid tight security. In the jail, the PML-N leader  will enjoy facilities of TV, fridge, newspapers etc.

Meanwhile, in the statement of Wajid Zia in Al-Aziziya Reference, cross-questioning was not held with JIT head Wajid Zia. Defence Counsel Khawaja Harris objected that NAB Accountability Court did not have the mandate to hear this case and therefore it should be shifted to other courts.

When Judge Accountability Court resumed hearing in the Al-Aziziya Steel Mills Reference at the NAB Accountability Court on Monday, Defence lawyer Khawaja Harris filed five-day exemption for Nawaz Sharif from the court’s appearance. On which Judge Accountability Court approved one day’s exemption for Sharif family in the Al-Aziziya Steel Mills Reference. Raising objections, Defence Counsel Kh Harris said this court has already announced its verdict in one reference against Sharif family and therefore other two references should be shifted to other courts.

On this, the judge inquired from the Defence Counsel as what procedure could be adopted for shifting the cases to other courts. The Defence Counsel contended that being judge of the Accountability Court, he should inform the apex court as well as High Court in this regard.  On this Judge Accountability Court Bashir while approving the plea of Defence Counsel adjourned the hearing till July 12, 2018.

Pindi police files cases against PML-N workers

Police on Monday registered three separate cases against Capt (Retd) Safdar, the son-in-law of former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, and scores of other PML-N leaders for allegedly refraining the law enforcers from arresting him by using party workers as a human shield.

The cases were registered with police stations City, Waris Khan and New Town on plaintiffs of station house officers under sections 341/188/147/149 of Pakistan Penal Court (PPC) and 3/4 Amplifier Act.

The accused in these cases included PML-N Senator Chaudhry Tanvir Ali Khan, his son Barrister Danial Ahmed Chaudhry, M Hanif Abbasi, Raja Hanif Advocate, Malik Abrar Ahmed and Malik Shakeel Ahmed Awan, Sheikh Arslan Hafeez, who are also contesting general elections 2018 from Rawalpindi. The other accused were Malik Shahid Ghafoor Paracha, Yamin Kiyani, Muhammad Sheraz, Sheikh Sheraz Ahmed, Sheikh Tanvir Ahmed, Yasir Butt, Malik Muhammad Suhail, Malik Aqeel Ahzar, Muqeem Qureshi, Zia Ullah Shah, Abdul Ghayur Butt, Abid Abbasi, Hamid Abbasi, Malik Mushtaq, Yasin Khan, Maqbool Ahmed, Yamin Kiyani, Ameer and Javed Mughal.

Similarly, police have also included hundreds of unknown supporters of PML-N in the cases.

According to sources, police booked convict Safdar along with scores of other PML-N leaders, including a senator for holding a rally in the city, blocking roads, delivering speeches and showing resistance to NAB team and other law enforcers by using party workers as human shield on Murree Road.

According to the FIRs, Safdar reached Rawalpindi and held a public rally from office of Malik Shakil Awan, the former MNA of N League. He started delivering speeches by blocking roads causing huge traffic jam in the city. Later, the rally marched towards Sarafa Bazaar from where many other N League leaders including Senator Ch Tanvir Ali Khan, Barrister Danial Chaudhry, Chauhdry Sarfraz Afzal, Malik Abrar Ahmed, Zia Ullah Shah and others joined the rally.


OUr Staff Reporter