Interior ministry dismisses plea seeking removal of Nawaz’s name from ECL



Staff Report


The Ministry of Interior on Saturday rejected former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law’s request seeking removal of his names from the Exit Control List (ECL).

Separate applications seeking to remove name of ousted PM Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain Safdar were  submitted to interior ministry in October last year.

Applications were filed at the time of their release on bail.

The applicants had separately stated that the grounds to prohibit a person proceeding from Pakistan to a destination outside the country as provided in the rule 2 of the Exit from Pakistan Rules 2010 are not applicable to the applicants. They stated that they are not involved in any economic crime, act of terrorism or its conspiracy as envisaged by the said rules.

Islamabad’s Accountability Court on July 6 had sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 year, Maryam 7 and Captain (retd) Safdar 1 year imprisonment in Avenfield reference.

The same court handed down seven year jail term to Nawaz Sharif in Al Aziza Reference. The former prime minister has been serving the jail term in Kot Lakhpat prison since then.

The three accused were released in bail on September 19 after the Islamabad High Court suspended their sentences in the Avenfield case.

However, in December last year, an accountability court in Islamabad sentenced Nawaz to seven years in prison in Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference, while acquitting him in the Flagship Investment reference.

The cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 20 decided to put Sharif family’s name on the ECL.