LHC approves Maryam Nawaz’s interim bail

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has approved the interim bail of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz till April 12.

The case was heard by a two member bench, comprising Justice Sardar Sarfaraz Dogar and Justice Asjad Javed. The heard the bail petition of Maryam Nawaz. During the hearing, the high court’s judge Justice Sarfraz Dogar expressed displeasure over the disturbance in the courtroom created by PML-N activists.

The judge remarked that he will not allow such activities as it is a courtroom but not the venue of a political show. Maryam Nawaz’s counsel Azam Nazir Tarar tendered an apology over the disturbance in the courtroom.

The LHC judge directed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to submit its response and approved the interim bail of Maryam Nawaz till April 12. The bench approved the bail of the PML-N leader against two bonds of Rs1 million each.

Maryam Nawaz had moved a petition in the LHC seeking interim bail to prevent her possible arrest in a graft case. The petition stated in NAB has summoned her in two cases on Friday March 26.

Maryam’s counsel, Azam Tarar, stated in the petition that NAB has a “tradition” of arresting people after inviting them to appear before it. Maryam further claimed that NAB wants to arrest her due to “pressure” from the government .

She added that the watchdog was targeting political opponents over the government’s instructions. She said the anti-graft wants to arrests her under “pressure” from the government. The PML-N leader pleaded with the high court to grant her interim pre-arrest bail.

The court agreed to an urgent hearing of the case and later granted the request. It may be mentioned that NAB has summoned Maryam for questioning in connection with its ongoing investigations into Raiwind land allotment and the Chaudhry Sugar Mills cases.