Lahore High Court summons reply on Maryam Nawaz's passport plea to perform Umrah today.

LAHORE -- A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC), headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and comprising Justice Farooq Haider, issued a notice on Monday to concerned quarters seeking a reply by today (Tuesday) on the plea filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif, for the return of her passport to perform Umrah.

The court has sent a legal notice to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) asking it to submit its take on the matter. The court has also summoned the changes made regarding the ECL rules by the incumbent Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan. The court has adjourned its hearing on the case till today (Tuesday). Maryam Nawaz Sharif has filed petition in the Lahore High Court through President Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan Chaudhry Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon Advocate.

Earlier, another division bench headed by Justice Syed Shahbaz Ali Rizvi had denied hearing the petition filed by the PML-N leader, remarking that the petitioner should seek a response from the court that had granted her bail.

The petition was subsequently forwarded to the LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti who sent the petition to the Justice Najafi-led bench.

Maryam Nawaz had requested the high court to pass direction to the deputy registrar and return her passport, which was surrendered before him complying with the LHC's order on October 31, 2019. The petitioner had been granted bail and was required to submit her passport before the authority.

In her plea, the PML-N leader implored that freedom of movement was a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution, adding, that the condition imposed through the order was tantamount to the deprivation of her rights.

'There is settled law that mere registration of a case or institution of criminal proceedings does not...

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