Ch Nisar an­nounces re­moval of 5,000 names from ECL

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

In­te­rior min­is­ter, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sun­day an­nounced ma­jor changes in work­ings of the Exit Con­trol List (ECL), in­clud­ing the re­moval of some 5,000 names and mak­ing it the in­te­rior min­istry's pre­rog­a­tive to in­clude any­one's name in the list.

"Some 8,000 names are on the list (ECL) which was be­ing bla­tantly used to ma­lign peo­ple," Nisar said while ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Is­lam­abad on Sun­day. "I hereby an­nounce to re­move some 5,000 names from the ECL ex­cept those be­long­ing to pro­scribed or­gan­i­sa­tions, while the Black List, which was be­ing run un­der the Pass­ports Di­rec­torate and con­tained 52,000 names, will seize to ex­ist from this point on­ward."

As an al­ter­na­tive to the Black List, the in­te­rior min­is­ter said, a pass­port list is be­ing gen­er­ated to tar­get those in­di­vid­u­als us­ing two pass­ports and re­sort­ing to ille- gal use with the help of these.

We will have the as­sis­tance of the NAB and FIA, he said, adding that their rec­om­men­da­tions will also be closely mon­i­tored by the in­te­rior min­istry. "The de­ci­sion of in­clud­ing a name into the ECL will also de­pend on the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Supreme Court, high courts and de­fence forces, while a per­ma­nent re­view com­mit­tee of the in­te­rior will also work to this end," he said. "This way we have in­sti­tu­tion­alised the en­tire process." He also said that a time span of three years will be al­lowed to jus­tify the pres­ence of any­one's name on the list. Upon fail­ure to do so, the name in ques­tion will be re­moved. "Whoso­ever gets their name on the list will be no­ti­fied and will be given a month's time to prove the in­clu­sion wrong."

Nisar said that the pol­icy has been adopted af­ter the gov­ern­ment had dis­cov­ered that the some names were put on the list as early as year 1985. Nisar said in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have res­cued a Chi­nese tourist kid­napped last year in an area close to in­sur­gency-prone re­gions. The uniden­ti­fied man was ab­ducted in May last year from Dara­ban in Khy­ber-Pakhtunkhwa near the bor­der with Balochis­tan province and the South Waziris­tan tribal dis­trict, both of which are rife with in­sur­gents.

"The Chi­nese tourist was re­cov­ered Satur­day night af­ter a suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion and is to be handed over to the Chi­nese em­bassy in Is­lam­abad any­time soon," In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told a press con­fer­ence in Is­lam­abad, with­out giv­ing de­tails. Of­fi­cials said the man was ap­par­ently trav­el­ling through the area by bi­cy­cle when he was seized last year. A fac­tion of the Tehreek-e-Tal­iban Pak­istan had said it was be­hind the ab­duc­tion. But Nisar did not dis­close from where and un­der what cir­cum­stances the tourist was res­cued. China is one of Pak­istan's main al­lies, in­vest­ing bil­lions of dol­lars in in­fra­struc­ture projects in­clud­ing nu­clear power plants, dams and roads.

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