LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) directed the federal government on Wednesday to submit a written response to PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz’s request for the removal of her name from the no-fly list.
A divisional bench of the LHC headed by Judge Tariq Abbassi heard a petition filed by Maryam Nawaz in which she has asked the LHC to return her passport and to order the government to take her name off the Exit Control List (ECL).
During the hearing, the court was told by Maryam’s lawyer that his client had received a letter by the government on Tuesday night, denying to take her name off the ECL.
The bench was told that on December 9, the court had directed the federal government to decide upon Maryam’s request within a week but it took more than a month to decide and inform her of the final decision.
The federal government’s counsel informed the court that the cabinet had decided not to remove Maryam’s name from the ECL.
The bench noted that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is yet to submit a response on the matter as well. The court told the government to explain why it took so long to issue a decision and adjourned the hearing until January 21.
Maryam’s name was placed on the ECL in the Al Azizia Steel Mills reference filed against her father Nawaz Sharif and her by NAB.