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Maryam withdraws petition from LHC for return of passport

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday took back a petition filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking the return of her passport so that she could travel to Saudi Arabia and perform Umrah.

A special division bench led by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi had taken up the petition earlier today. During the hearing, Maryam’s counsel, Advocate Amjad Pervez, told the court that the Maryam wished to withdraw her plea. Resultantly, the court disposed of the petition.

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Maryam’s withdrawal comes after the two ‘two-judge’ benches of the Lahore High Court (LHC), which were created to hear her petition were dissolved in one day on Tuesday.

Initially, the two-judge bench led by Justice Ali Baqir Najfi and consisting of Justice Farooq Haider was dissolved earlier on Tuesday when Justice Haider recused himself from hearing the case.

The new two-member bench also led by Justice Ali Baqir Najfi and comprised of Justice Asjad Javed Gharal was set to hear the case later on Tuesday but Justice Gharal also excused himself from hearing the petition.

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The benches were set to hear Maryam Nawaz’s petition for retrieval of her passport so she could go to Saudi Arabia and perform Umrah.

Previously, on April 21, a two-judge bench led by Justice Syed Abbas Ali Rizvi of the LHC was also unable to hear Maryam’s case. The bench was also dissolved when Justice Anwaar-ul-Haq Pannu excused himself from the case.

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