Federal govt NAB others put on notice by LHC in Maryam Nawaz petition seeking return of her passport

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Lahore High Court (LHC) while declaring the petition from PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz seeking return of her passport maintainable has issued notices to all respondents including federal government and NAB and sought reply from them.

A three members bench of LHC presided over by Chief Justice (CJ) Justice Amir Bhatti took up for hearing the petition filed by Maryam Nawaz for return of her passport Wednesday.

Amjid Pervez, counsel for Maryam Nawaz argued inquiry in respect of Chaudhry Sugar Mills was started in 2018.NAB arrested Maryam Nawaz in this case while LHC granted her bail. Maryam Nawaz deposited Rs 70 million and surrendered her passport . She was facing the charges of Rs 70 million and she deposited the amount in the court equal to it. But four years have been elapsed and NAB has not filed reference.

Amjid Pervez prayed the court her passport be returned to Maryam Nawaz and the court should abolish the condition of surrendering passport. Islamabad High Court has also imposed no ban on her to go abroad.

The CJ LHC remarked `the questions raised in the petition are worth consideration. Hearing the stance of opponent side is essential.

The court while issuing notices to NAB and federal government for September 27 has sought reply from them besides adjourning the hearing of the case.