LHC adjourns Maryam Nawaz’s bail plea till Oct 30


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on a petition seeking bail of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case till Wednesday.

The hearing was adjourned over the request of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore Director General Shehzad Saleem.

Responding to the appeal, the defence counsel recalled the court had not issued any notice to Saleem and that he can brief the case in this hearing. However, Justice Ali Baqir Najafi adjourned the proceedings saying that the arguments will be recorded in the presence of the NAB counsel.

A day earlier, an LHC division bench had adjourned the hearing of Maryam Nawaz’s bail petition in the case till Oct 29 seeking arguments from the parties.

The division bench comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem heard the post-arrest bail petition of the PML-N leader, wherein Additional Prosecutor General Jehanzaib Bharwana represented the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Advocates Azam Nazir Tarar and Amjad Pervaiz appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

During the proceedings, the bench asked whether Maryam Nawaz had been allowed to meet her ailing father, Nawaz Sharif, in hospital.

To which, the petitioner’s counsel submitted that she was living with her father in the hospital. He further stated that the bureau obtained physical remand of his client three times but now she was on judicial remand.

In response to a query, NAB’s prosecutor submitted para wise comments to the bail plea on behalf of the bureau.

At this, the bench asked petitioner’s counsel Azam Nazir Tarar whether he needed time for preparation, adding that if he was ready then the bench would hear the arguments today.

However, the counsel stated that he would advance his arguments after preparation on Tuesday (Oct 29), while pleading with bench to adjourn the matter.

Subsequently, the bench adjourned the matter till October 29 and sought arguments from parties.