LHC gives govt a week’s time to decide on Maryam Nawaz’s request of removal from ECL

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday directed the federal government’s review committee to decide within seven days PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz’s request for the removal of her name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

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Justice Ali Baqar Najafi headed the two-member bench which took up the hearing and directed the review committee to issue its decision as per the law. Maryam, who is the daughter of former premier Nawaz Sharif, was placed on the ECL in August 2018.

On Saturday, Maryam filed a petition in the LHC seeking the removal of her name from the ECL.

The application, filed through Advocate Amjad Pervaiz, has listed the federal government, Federal Investigation Agency, and chairman and director-general of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as respondents.

Before obtaining bail last month, Maryam had been in custody following an investigation into the Chaudhry Sugar Mills corruption scandal. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested Maryam on August 8.

In September, Maryam was remanded into judicial custody. On November 4, the LHC granted her bail. Last week, NAB had filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the LHC decision.

In her petition for bail, Maryam had stated that she wished to go abroad for six weeks, expressing concern over the deteriorating health of her father, who is currently in London for medical treatment.

She also challenged the legality of her name being placed on the no-fly list by claiming that her arguments in the case were not properly heard, and asked the court to remove her name from the ECL.

Maryam was placed on the ECL last year, along with her father Nawaz Sharif, following their conviction in the Avenfield reference. Maryam has claimed that her previous track record should grant her some relief.

Maryam has sought a one-time permission to travel abroad for six weeks from the date of departure. Another petition has been filed seeking release of her passport which is currently confiscated by the high court.

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