LAHORE: Lahore High Court on Friday declared the Shahbaz Sharif petition for removing Nawaz Sharif’s name from the no-fly list as maintainable while rejecting the federal government and National Accountability Bureau argument who had argued it as non-maintainable petition.
The High Court dismissed the NAB and federal government’s stance on the matter, adjourning the hearing until Saturday.
Earlier during the hearing, the federal government urged the High Court to maintain its condition of seeking a security bond from former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Appearing on behalf of the federal government, Additional Attorney General Ishtiaq A Khan objected to the maintainability of the petition and requested that the petition be dismissed for being “non-maintainable”.
He contended that Nawaz should approach the Islamabad High Court (IHC) instead for removal of his name from the ECL, as the federal government had placed his name on the list and the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the plea.
The government in its 45-page reply opposed the removal of Nawaz’s name from ECL without a security bond.
It argued that the PML-N supremo is convicted which is why he should not be allowed to leave the country without submitting a security bond.
In today’s hearing, NAB also submitted its four-page reply to the court. Following the submission of the response, the court took a recess for an hour to allow the petitioner’s counsel to read the responses.
Nawaz counsel Amjad Pervez stated that the LHC could hear the petition as the NAB was a federal institution. The counsel argued that the condition of furnishing Rs7.5 billion surety bonds was not based on any provision of law.