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KARACHI, May 18: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Deputy Attorney General for June 3 on a petition by the ex-Naval chief, Mansurul Haq, against a ban on his travel abroad. Petitioner, an ex-Chief of Naval Staff, who fought two wars in his 43 years service, said on account of placement of his name on the ECL by the FIA, he was facing hardships.

He submitted that he wanted to travel abroad for medical treatment and performing Umera, but due to placement of his name in the ECL, he could not travel abroad.

His counsel Azizullah K Sheikh sought deletion of his name from the Exit Control List. SHC’s division bench, comprising Chief Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed and Justice Maqbool Baqar, after preliminary hearing of the petition issued notice to respondents and sought their comments.

Former naval chief Mansoorul Haq, along with Commodore (Retd) Mirza Ashfaq Baig, were convicted by an Accountability Court in Karachi for causing a loss of over Rs1.8 billion to the national exchequer in procurement of three vessels for the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation.

However, their conviction was turned down by the high court. Against the high court order, the NAB filed an appeal in Supreme Court, which is still pending since last year.

ORDER RESERVED: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday reserved judgment on a bail application of drug baron Haji Lal Mohammad alias Laloo in a drug case.

His counsel A Q Halepota sought release of his client on medical grounds on bail submitting that the applicant is a heart patient.

SHC’s division bench, comprising Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany and Justice Azizullah M Memon, after considering medical report reserved it order.

PLEA DISMISSED: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition, as not maintainable, regarding disqualification of sacked provincial minister Imitiaz Ahmed Sheikh from the seat of provincial assembly.

Maulvi Iqbal Haider submitted in the petition that the speaker despite a lapse of more than two and half months, did not send the reference containing question for disqualification of Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh to the Chief Election Commissioner, as envisaged under Article 63 (2).

He said ECP also did not reply or take an action against the respondent on his representation about misdelclaration of assets/properties held by sacked minister outside Pakistan.

The court was prayed to direct the speaker to refer the reference regarding disqualification of Imtiaz Sheikh as required under Article 63 (2), besides directions be issued to the ECP for taking an action under law against him on showing false statements of assets before it.—PPI