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Pakistan's Ex-Prime Minister Fails to Appear in Court for Corruption Trial

Court to declare Nawaz sons fugitives

The court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Husain, Hasan and Safdar last Monday after they failed to appear before it. The judge however rejected the plea and granted bail to the couple against a surety bond of Rs 5 million ($47,000) each.

Nawaz, his daughter Maryam and her husband Safdar were asked to appear before a court here on Monday over graft charges.

Hussain and Hassan left for London to be with their mother, Kulsoom, who is battling throat cancer.

The former PM's daughter also said that while her family is arrested on airport when they voluntarily appear before the court, there are some absconders who are never arrested even when they evade courts and hold public gatherings.

Former premier Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law Muhammad Safdar was arrested by Pakistan's anti-corruption watchdog on his return to the country from the United Kingdom though he was granted bail along with his wife on Monday.

According to local media, Maryam said, "We are going back and will appear before the court and go through the wheels of justice".

The court also barred Captain Safdar from leaving Pakistan without the court's permission.

Maryam Nawaz said it was revenge and not accountability. The court also ordered the opening of multiple corruption cases against Sharif and his family.

"We are not among those who worry about arrests", the Dawn quoted Maryam, as saying.

She has since undergone three surgeries and remains in London.

Maryam Nawaz said questions will be raised when a case filed on Panama Leaks ended on Iqama (work permit) and that the judges have to answer these questions. After the court proceedings, Maryam told reporters, "They have already punished my father by disqualifying him from office".

Marriyam Aurangzeb, the Minister of State for Information, also told reporters that Hussain and Hassan were both foreign residents and the law that applies on those doing business overseas also applied on the two.