LAHORE: Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court Mohammad Ameer Bhatti on Monday constituted a full bench to decide a petition of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz, seeking the recovery of her passport, which she had surrendered to the court for bail in a case.

The bench, which will be headed by Justice Bhatti himself, was constituted after several judges recused themselves from hearing her petition. The full bench now also consists of Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh.

The matter will be taken up for hearing on Sept 14.

In her petition, Ms Sharif contended that it was a known fact that her father, Nawaz Sharif, was allowed to go abroad on account of his critical health condition.

She claimed her father had not regained his health so far as he was still undergoing the diagnosis process as per a medical report filed in the court after being duly attested by the Pakistan High Commission in London. She submitted that in the absence of any charge sheet or trial, she had not been able to exercise her fundamental rights for about four years on account of surrendering her passport in compliance with the court order.

The PML-N leader pleaded that she was in dire need to go abroad to attend to and inquire after the health of her ailing father. She asked the court to direct the deputy registrar (judicial) to return her passport in the interest of justice.

Earlier, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had opposed the petition seeking the return of Ms Sharif’s passport, which she had surrendered to the court when post-arrest bail was granted to her in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

Published in Dawn, September 13th, 2022

Opinion

Editorial

Losing grip
Updated 29 Jan, 2023

Losing grip

The state and the government are responsible for providing Imran with the security he deserves as a former prime minister.
Telling silence
Updated 29 Jan, 2023

Telling silence

THE silence of the Sindh government over the recent exposé in this paper about Karachi’s water tanker mafia ...
Palestine escalation
29 Jan, 2023

Palestine escalation

THE fire of conflict once again threatens to envelop the land of Palestine, as the growing cycle of violence refuses...
IMF package
Updated 28 Jan, 2023

IMF package

While it is crucial to seek immediate IMF funding to shore up its reserves, the govt shouldn’t focus only on short-term relief.
Dar unpegged
28 Jan, 2023

Dar unpegged

IT is over. Nearly four months after Ishaq Dar descended on the cash-strapped economy with some decidedly outlandish...
Lurking hazards
28 Jan, 2023

Lurking hazards

OVERSIGHT of illegal industrial activity occurring within residential areas in the country is weak, especially in...