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LHC seeks Maryam Nawaz’s response on plea challenging her bail

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) today (Monday) sought PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz’s response in the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) petition challenging her bail in the Chaudhry Sugar mill case.

A two-member bench, headed by Justice Sardar Sarfraz Dogar, has asked the PML-N vice president to submit her reply by April 7. Justice Dogar inquired the bureau as to why it sat idle after the registration of an FIR against PML-N leaders for allegedly attacking NAB’s Lahore region office. 

To which, NAB prosecutor Syed Faisal Raza Bukhari claimed that they summoned Maryam Nawaz but she didn’t bother to appear before the bureau. Bukhari further said the bail did not mean that the PML-N leader had been acquitted, adding she had to appear whenever summoned.

The judge asked deputy prosecutor general Chaudhary Khaleeq-uz-Zaman as to under what grounds did NAB seek the bail’s cancellation.  Zaman replied that Maryam had been misusing the concession, launching anti-state propaganda, and supporting the nefarious designs of Pakistan’s enemies. He prayed to the court to cancel the post-arrest bail.

Earlier on Saturday, the anti-graft authority moved LHC seeking the cancellation of bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. In the petition, it was argued that the PML-N vice president was misusing her bail by attacking state institutions through media.