Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday (Nov 15) declared petition seeking unconditional travel of Nawaz Sharif to London maintainable. LHC rejected objections raised by the federal government and National Accountability Bureau on jurisdiction of the court. Later the hearing was adjourned till Nov 16.
Federal government had opposed the petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) seeking unconditional lifting of Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL). As per details garnered, a two-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) headed by Justice Baqir Ali Najfi resumed hearing yesterday. .
At the onset, the bench inquired whether the federal government has submitted written reply or not. To this, Additional Attorney General (AG) Chaudhry Ishtiaq A Khan replied that a reply has been submitted. The bench directed Additional AG to give the copies to the petitioner’s lawyers while informing them that the PML-N’s legal team can take time to read written reply of the federal government.
Later the court reserved verdict on admissibility of the petition. Following this, the proceedings were adjourned for short duration. The Federal Cabinet’s sub-committee has conditioned Nawaz’s exit to submission of indemnity bond worth Rs7 billion. It further maintained that Nawaz was allowed to travel abroad only for the duration of four weeks and that permission was only granted for once.
The sub-committee further maintained that one-time permission was not tantamount to lifting of the name from the ECL. The sub-committee was headed by Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem.
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17 November, 2019