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Maryam Nawaz granted pre-arrest bail from Lahore High Court

LAHORE ( REPORTBEAT ):A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) granted pre-arrest bail till April 12 to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday, against a National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s call-up notice summoning her on March 26 in response to the Jati Umra (approximately 1,500 kanal) land case.

The division bench of headed by Justice Sarfraz Dogar.

The PML-N’s was lauded as having played a clever move by appearing before LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan, and requesting the court to fix their bail plea for today.

Maryam’s counsel, recently elected PML-N Senator Azam Nazir Tarar, implored that they believe NAB could arrest her, arguing that the anti-graft watchdog’s impression has not been good judging from past experiences.

He said it summons the person in a separate case but makes an arrest in another case. At this, CJ Qasim Khan ordered the concerned deputy registrar to fix the case today in the relevant court. He further ordered the DSP security to take Maryam to the concerned court room under tight security.  

At the hearing, the counsel further argued that issuing a call-up notice for personal appearance “in a matter where submission of record may serve the purpose tends to show that the same has been issued for reasons other than bonafide. Although, the superior courts have time and again given guidelines re-summoning of a person but the same have not been complied with and the respondent bureau is persisting with an imperious and pernicious “thana mentality” of summoning in person without any plausible reason”.

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