On Monday 23rd Dec 2019 , the Lahore High Court heard Maryam Nawaz’s second petition asking for the removal of her name from the ECL. The two member bench consisting of Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Anwarul Haq Pannu heard the plea and directed the government to let Maryam know of it’s decision.
The decision to the petition Maryam made has been further adjourned to 26th December.
On December 9 the LHC had disposed of her earlier petition and directed the government’s review committee to decide on the matter within a week.
The court addressed Additional Attorney General Chaudhry Ishtiaq A. Khan, the representative of the federal government, if the government had taken any decision on removing the PML-N vice president’s name from the ECL.
He replied that the review committee represented its recommendation to the cabinet, which will then decide on the matter.
Justice Pannu however, noted that,
“The government has to take a decision, and they should do so.”
Dr Babar Awan, senior lawyer and aide to the prime minister, had said that the subcommittee of the federal cabinet that deals with ECL cases had rejected her plea. “The subcommittee is part of the cabinet and a formal announcement to bar Maryam from travelling abroad will be made by the federal cabinet in its meeting [on Tuesday].”
The Court today said that Maryam should be informed of whatever decision is taken tomorrow during the cabinet meeting.