Lahore High Court announces verdict in federal government plea against Nawaz Sharif: Report
LAHORE: Lahore High Court announces verdict in federal government plea against Nawaz Sharif.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday rejected a plea by the federal government and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) seeking to dismiss a petition of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for being “non-maintainable.”
A division bench, headed by Justice Ali Baqir Najafi, ruled that this court can hear the PML-N supremo’s petition through which he sought directives for the government to strike his name off the no-fly list so that he can go abroad for medical treatment.
The bench earlier today reserved its ruling after hearing arguments of lawyers representing the federal government and the NAB challenging the jurisdiction of the LHC to entertain Nawaz Sharif’s petition.
The high court was not eligible to hear the petition, NAB said in its reply. Removing a name from the ECL is entrusted with the federal government, the accountability bureau further said.
It is responsibility of the government to ensure production of a convict in court in each hearing.
A high court could hear the case under Article 199 and in view of the decisions of the higher judiciary, Nawaz Sharif’s counsel Amjad Pervez argued.
The federal government also in submitted its reply in Lahore High Court (LHC) link.
A division bench of the high court headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi resumed hearing of the petition.