LHC orders to return Maryam Nawaz’s passport

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LAHORE, OCT 3: In another legal victory for the PML-N, the Lahore High Court (LHC) Monday ordered to return the passport of the party’s vice president Maryam Nawaz that she had surrendered for getting bail in a corruption reference in 2019.

The PML-N leader had approached the LHC against the anti-graft body saying despite absence of any charge sheet against her or trial, she had not been able to exercise her fundamental rights for about four years.

She had pleaded that she was in dire need to go abroad to attend to and inquire after her ailing father, requesting the court to direct the deputy registrar (judicial) to return her passport in the interest of justice.

Maryam Nawaz had surrendered her passport to the court when post-arrest bail was granted to her in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

A three-member bench of the LHC headed by Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti and comprised Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh heard the case today.

During the last hearing, the NAB had told the court that it no longer needed Maryam Nawaz’s passport, clearing the way for her passport to be returned.

Maryam Nawaz gets her passport

Meanwhile, the PML-N leader confirmed that she has received her passport which she had surrendered on the court’s order.

“Scared of my rallies, ‘fitna’ kept me in Kot Lakhpat jail’s death cell for three months to investigate in a case which was not filed till today.”

“Allhamdolillah, my passport has been returned.”