Pak­istan to keep Sharif exit bar on

The Asian Age - - World -

Is­lam­abad, Feb. 10: The Pak­istan govern­ment on Satur­day re­jected for­mer prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, his daugh­ter and son- in- law’s re­quests seek­ing re­moval of their names from the Exit Con­trol List ( ECL), which is pre­vent­ing them from fly­ing abroad.

In Oc­to­ber last year, Sharif, his daugh­ter Maryam and son- in- law Mo­ham­mad Saf­dar had sep­a­rately ap­plied to the In­te­rior Min­istry seek­ing re­moval of their names from the ECL, the Geo News re­ported.

In their pe­ti­tions, the trio ar­gued that the Exit From Pak­istan Rules 2010 did not ap­ply to them as they were not in­volved in cor­rup­tion, mis­use of au­thor­ity, ter­ror­ism or con­spir­acy and their names be re­moved.

The Min­istry of In­te­rior re­jected the pe­ti­tions of Nawaz, Maryam and Capt ( retd) Saf­dar, the re­port said quot­ing sources.

The de­ci­sion to place names of the Sharif fam­ily on ECL was taken on Au­gust 20 last year dur­ing a Cabi­net meet­ing chaired by Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan.

In July 2018, an ac­count­abil­ity court in Is­lam­abad con­victed Sharif, Maryam and Saf­dar in the Aven­field prop­er­ties case and sen­tenced them to prison terms of 11 years, eight years and one year, re­spec­tively.

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