Captain (retd) Safdar arrived in Rawalpindi on Sunday to surrender himself to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). At around 4:50pm, he was arrested by the authorities.
However, workers of the PML-N pulled Captain (retd) Safdar away from the NAB team. He was whisked away from the area in party leader Chaudhry Tanveer’s car.
Before surrendering himself, he held a rally in Liaquat Bagh, where he waved to supporters from the hatch of a jeep. He was sentenced to one year in jail by an accountability court in the Avenfield case.
Speaking to SAMAA TV, he said Nawaz Sharif’s only crime is that he wants to take Pakistan forward. There are people who do not want Pakistan to progress, he said, adding that he believes the Panama Papers case is a fake case. People know what the case is really about, he said.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law said he would surrender himself to the authorities because it was a matter of honour.
Commenting on the rally, SAMAA TV Analyst Adnan Adil said that the PML-N does not have the ability to gather enough people to rally on the streets and truly agitate the authorities because its supporters are mainly from the business community.
At 4pm, teams from NAB and the police arrived at Murree Road to arrest Captain (retd) Safdar. PML-N supporters thronged the area, blocking the way for the teams. Captain (retd) Safdar is likely to be taken to the NAB office after his arrest and will be presented before an accountability court on Monday. He will later be shifted to the Adiala Jail.
Speaking to the media in London, Nawaz said they will follow the due process in this situation.