Captain Safdar’s dramatic surrender: Here’s what actually happened

July 8, 2018

Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain retired Safdar surrendered to National Accountability Bureau after a face-off with the anti-graft body in Rawalpindi.

He created scene in the garrison city while attempting to show his political support.

Safdar’s arrest warrants were issued by the Accountability Court in Avenfield case against him, his spouse Maryam Nawaz and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Captain Safdar was sentenced for one year rigorous imprisonment in the case.

The court on Friday sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in jail, Maryam seven years and Safdar one year in the case pertaining to London flats.

Safdar was the only member of the Sharif family who was in the country when the court issued its ruling.

On the same day, a reporter telephoned Safdar, who was in Mansehra, to ask when he is going to surrender before the authorities. Safdar replied that he would surrender at the appropriate time.

He switched off his cell phone after the call and left Mansehra for an unknown destination.

NAB authorities then sought the help of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police for his arrest.

The next day (July 7), NAB officials received a call from Safdar, who told him that he was willing to surrender tomorrow (Sunday).

On July 8, Safdar appeared in the Rawalpindi’s Raja Bazar with hundreds of PML-N workers.

The NAB officials and Punjab police were there, but decided not to act after seeing the crowd around Safdar.

Meanwhile, the NAB team, however, tried to arrest him after receiving a call from the high-ups. The attempts went fruitless as the party workers did not allow the NAB men access to the PML-N leader.

At around 5:00pm, PML-N leader Chaudhry Tanvir called two NAB officials and invited them to come with him in their official vehicle.

He held out assurance to NAB that Safdar would surrender at the Sixth Road after reaching PML-N’s election office.

Around 6:30pm, Safdar was arrested and taken to NAB’s Rawalpindi office.

The dramatic surrender by Sharif’s son-in-law was a message for the opponents that Maryam and his father are coming to Pakistan on July 13, and they would be given a warm welcome by party supporters, a PML-N worker said.