Wednesday , April 1 2020

IHC rejects pleas for placing ousted PM, family on ECL


ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday dismissed pleas seeking directives for putting the names of former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, his three children and son-in-law and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on the Exit Control List (ECL).

IHC’s Justice Aamir Farooq rejected dismissed identical petitions filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leaders requesting the court to bar the respondents to leave the country by including their names in the ECL.

During the course of proceedings in the morning, the petitioners’ counsel argued before the bench that according to the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case, references were being filed in accountability courts and their presence in the country necessary for their logical conclusion.

They pleaded the court to order the authorities to include the name of Sharif family members and others in the ECL.

After hearing the arguments, the court reserved the judgment which was later announced in the afternoon dismissing the petition on the grounds of non-maintainability.

The petitioners had cited the Federation through the secretary interior, the director general of Federal Investigation Agency, director immigration and passports, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, Captain (rtd) Muhammad Safdar and Ishaq Dar as respondents.

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