LHC orders to return passport of Maryam Nawaz
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday ordered to return the passport of PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz, seized by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a corruption case.
At the last hearing, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had decided not to oppose the petition filed by Maryam Nawaz in the Lahore High Court for the return of her passport.
Earlier, NAB had opposed the request to return the passport of Maryam Nawaz, whose passport was submitted to the court after being granted post-arrest bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.
A 3-member full bench headed by Chief Justice Amir Bhatti heard the case. During the hearing, the Lahore High Court (LHC) approved the petition for the return of Maryam Nawaz’s passport and ordered the Deputy Registrar Judicial to return PML-N Vice president’s passport.
A few weeks ago, Maryam Nawaz filed a plea for the return of her passport through her lawyer Amjad Pervez in the Lahore High Court (LHC).
In the petition, Maryam Nawaz has requested that the passport is with the Registrar’s Office of the High Court as per the court order. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is yet to submit its inquiry challan regarding Chaudhry Sugar Mill and the court granted pre-arrest bail on merit.
It has been argued in the petition that a person cannot be deprived of his fundamental right for a long period of time, the court should order the return of the passport.
Earlier on April 27, Maryam Nawaz had withdrawn the application related to return of passport in Lahore High Court.
The withdrawal of Maryam Nawaz’s passport return petition came at a time when at least 4 benches were constituted to hear the petition, but all the judges in the benches had recused themselves from the case one after the other.
On November 4, 2019, a bench comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Farooq Haider had approved Maryam’s post-arrest bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.
However, the bench ordered her to surrender her passport as the NAB feared that she might flee the country.
Later, various petitions were filed by Maryam Nawaz to remove her name from ECL and get back the deposited passport in the court.
In the petition, Maryam Nawaz’s argued that despite the sentence in the Al-Azizia reference, she left her sick mother and returned with her father from abroad, but the name was added to the ECL without hearing her position.
On December 28, 2019, the sub-committee of the cabinet looking into the ECL affairs rejected Maryam Nawaz’s request to allow her to go abroad.