RAWALPINDI: A local court here on Wednesday sent 37 Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers to jail on a 14-day judicial remand in cases registered against them for trying to stop National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials from arresting ousted premier Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law (r) Captain Safdar following his conviction in the Avenfield reference.
Rawalpindi police produced the PML-N supporters before Civil Judge Munazza Chaudhry who sent them to Adiala Jail on judicial remand.
Safdar, who had gone into hiding after the pronouncement of the Avenfield case verdict, reached Rawalpindi and led a rally of supporters before his arrest at the hands of a NAB team on Sunday evening.
On Monday, police registered three First Information Reports (FIR) against Captain (r) Safdar and several other PML-N leaders as well as, workers at different police stations of the garrison city for holding a rally with the intention obstruct Safdar’s arrest by putting up a human shield of party workers.
The cases have been registered at Waris Khan, City and New Town police stations. The FIR registered at Waris Khan police station nominated 14 PML-N leaders. Chaudhry Tanveer, Daniyal Chaudhry, and Raja Hanif are among the men named in the FIRs.
The former premier’s son-in-law, a convict who was handed out one year’s jail term by an accountability court last week, has been accused of leading a rally and blocking the road without permission.
It is alleged that the participants of the rally violated the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) code of conduct for general elections and relevant sections of the amplifiers act.
The case has been registered under sections 149, 147, 188, 341, and 3/7 of the Amplifier Act.