Senate body meets today: New ECL policy suggests ending NAB’s role

Interior secretary to get greater powers, NAB role placing anyone’s name on ECL to end


Siddeeq Sajid


Ministry of Interior has decided to end the role of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to put anyone on the exit control list (ECL) and prepared a new policy that will be presented before a parliamentary body on Monday (today).

Sources told the Daily Morning Mail that under the new policy the Ministry of Interior’s secretary would get greater powers to take the decision regarding placing and removing names on the no-fly list.

The Ministry of Interior secretary will give a detailed presentation on the new ECL policy to the Senate Committee on Interior.

Senator Rehman Malik will chair the meeting to be held at the Parliament house.

According to the agenda of the meeting, four points will be discussed including the new ECL policy.

It has been suggested in the new policy that the words “competent authority” will be replaced with the words “Ministry of Interior secretary”, and there would be no role of the NAB in placing anyone’s name on the ECL.

It is also suggested that nobody should be placed on the ECL during inquiry and during investigation process unless ordered by the trial court or the Supreme Court.

All those names, which have been on the ECL for the last three years with no decision from any court, may be removed from the ECL with immediate effect.

The Ministry of Interior is of the view that there is a need to revisit the rules, criteria, procedure and SOPs for placing anyone’s name on the ECL or the blacklist where the concerned person should be informed within seven days without affecting his basic human rights to get relief from the court.

The interior ministry will request the senator committee to approve this policy and give suggestions as well.

Later, if approved, this new policy will be presented to the federal cabinet for formal approval.

The interior committee will also discuss the performance of the Capital Development Authority and the measures taken by the civic agency for the development and betterment of Islamabad.

The committee will also take up the private member bill of Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Sirajul Haq on the issue of interest on loans.

Additional input by Waheed Dogar