LHC to hear NAB’s plea seeking Maryam Nawaz’s bail cancellation today

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) will hear a plea by the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) seeking cancellation of post-arrest bail granted to PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz.

A two-member bench of the Lahore High Court comprising Justice Sardar Muhammad Sarfraz Dogar and Justice Asjad Javed Ghural will hear the case.

Maryam Nawaz was released on November 4, 2019 on bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. She was asked to surrender her passport to the Registrar’s office of the court since the NAB had raised fears that she could flee the country.

The NAB submitted a petition in the high court stating that Maryam has been flouting and misusing the concession of bail by continuously attacking the state institutions through political speeches and social media. It stated that the respondent is involved in anti-state propaganda supporting the nefarious designs of the enemies of Pakistan.

“The respondent has chosen a path of attacking the state institutions and tried to cause friction in the rank and file of armed forces and is also inciting the general public against them by publicly attacking them and the heads of other institutions,” the petition said.

The NAB argued that the conduct of the respondent attracts specific grounds to seek cancellation of post-arrest bail. The anti-graft body said despite being released on bail, Maryam Nawaz is not cooperating in the investigations.

NAB told the court that the PML-N leader was summoned to submit documents in relation to the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case on 10 January of last year. However, she did not give any response to the notice and neither submitted the requested documents.

NAB said that after her failure to submit the documents, it had summoned Maryam to appear in person on August 11 of last year. It alleged that the PML-N leader used her political power and attacked the NAB offices.

The bureau added that a separate case had been registered against the PML-N leader over the incident. It added that Maryam, by not appearing for the examination, was obstructing the investigation.