Maryam moves LHC for removal of name from ECL
The Islamabad High Court on Saturday fixed December 18 to hear former premier Nawaz Sharif’s appeal against his sentence in the Al-Azizia reference. According to the registrar’s office, a divisional bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani will hear the petition filed by the Pakistan Muslim League-N supremo. NAB’s appeal for an increase in the Al-Azizia reference sentence will also be heard on the same day.
Nawaz, who is currently in London for medical treatment, was handed a seven-year prison term and fined Rs1.5 billion by accountability Judge Arshad Malik in the Al-Azizia corruption reference filed by the anti-graft watchdog following the Supreme Court’s Panamagate judgment.
Meanwhile, PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz on Saturday moved the Lahore High Court for removal of her name from the Exit Control List. The petition nominated the federal government, National Accountability Bureau chairman, Federal Investigation Agency director-general, passport and immigration director-general and others as respondents.
“I returned to Pakistan with my father [former prime minister Nawaz Sharif] despite being sentenced in the Al-Azizia reference,” said Maryam in the petition. She maintained that her name was placed on the ECL without her stance on the matter being heard.
“The memorandum issued on August 20, 2018, was illegal. I have been regularly appearing in the courts and therefore, I should be granted permission to travel abroad till a final verdict on the petition,” Maryam requested in the petition. The PML-N leader further urged the LHC to declare the order of putting her name on the ECL as null and void and terming it illegal.