New LHC bench adjourns hearing of Maryam Nawaz’s Umrah plea

By: News Desk
Published: 10:11 AM, 21 Apr, 2022
New LHC bench adjourns hearing of Maryam Nawaz’s Umrah plea
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A new two-judge bench adjourning without hearing the petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz seeking permission to go to Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The court will now take up the petition on April 25.

The two-member bench set up earlier for hearing Maryam’s petition was dissolved after Justice Anwaarul Haq Pannu recused himself from hearing the case.

A new two-judge bench headed by Justice Baqir Najfi was due to take up Maryam’s petition but it deferred the hearing without any proceedings.

Maryam Nawaz has approached the Lahore High Court (LHC) for permission to go for Umrah. An LHC bench comprising Justice Shahbaz Ali Rizvi and Justice Anwaarul Haq Pannu was set to hear the petition of Maryam Nawaz Thursday (today).

Maryam Nawaz in her petition stated that she had surrendered her passport to the LHC, adding: “I want to go to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah but cannot do so because my passport is surrendered at the LHC.”

She pleaded with the court to allow her once to go for Umrah and issue orders for temporarily returning her passport.

It merits a mention here that the LHC while granting bail to Maryam Nawaz in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case had ordered her to surrender her passport.

In November 2019, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had granted bail to Maryam Nawaz who was arrested earlier on August 8 in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case.

A two-member bench of the high court, comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem, had announced the verdict.

The PML-N leader had been ordered to furnish two surety bonds, each worth Rs10 million, and deposit an additional Rs70 million and surrender her passport to secure her release.

Reporter: Malik Ashraf