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New bench formed to hear Maryam Nawaz’s bail plea

The new bench will hear Maryam’s petition on February 10

IANS | Lahore |

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has constituted a new two-member bench to hear former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz’s petition seeking her removal from the Exit Control List (ECL).

The new bench will hear Maryam’s petition on February 10, The News International reported on Saturday.

On December 21, 2019, Maryam had filed a petition in the LHC in a bid to have her name removed from the no-fly list. It was the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President’s second attempt to have her name struck off the travel restrictions list.

In a petition filed earlier last December, Maryam had expressed concern for her father Nawaz Sharif’s health. Furthermore, she had requested the court to allow her to travel abroad so she could take care of him.

Subsequently, the high court had asked the government to make a final decision about removing Maryam’s name from the ECL within the next seven days.

The federal cabinet had on December 24, 2019, decided against allowing Maryam permission to fly abroad.

In a hearing on January 15, the LHC had asked the federal government to explain in writing why it took more than seven days to take a final decision. In a subsequent hearing on January 21, the judge had questioned the reasoning behind Maryam’s insistence for travelling abroad.

Maryam and her father Nawaz Sharif were placed on the ECL in 2018 following their conviction in the Avenfield corruption case.