LHC judge declines to hear Kh Asif bail plea

Staff Reporter

A Lahore High Court (LHC) judge on Tuesday refused to hear a petition moved by PML-N MNA Khawaja Asif seeking post-arrest bail in an assets case.

Judge Asjad Javed Ghural, a member of the division bench that was to take up the petition, excused himself from the case, after which the matter was referred to the LHC chief justice to fix it before another bench for hearing. He refused to hear the case over the petitioner’s lawyers issuing statements against him.

Asif through his counsel Barrister Haider Rasul Mirza filed the petition, which stated that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested him from Islamabad last year on December 29.

He contended that the corruption watchdog apprehended him despite the fact that he had provided it all the relevant records regarding his assets.

Besides, the same record is also available with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

Khawaja Asif pleaded with the bench to order his release on bail.