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ECL issue: Nawaz Sharif is granted conditional approval to travel abroad

ECL issue: Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who tried to remove his name from the Exit Control List (ECL), ARY News reported on Tuesday, was conditionally approved by the federal cabinet.

Sources said the members of the federal cabinet gave the former Premier Nawaz Sharif permission to go abroad for medical treatment after putting a condition before withdrawing his name from the no-fly list.

For a limited period, the name of Sharif will be excluded from the no-fly list, while he will have to apply security bonds to gain formal approval. Sources added that a formal announcement to the decision will be made by the sub-committee of the cabinet at 9:30 pm today.

The criteria laid down by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) also emerged as the anti-corruption watchdog tried to provide guaranteed money worth the same with its bail or property security bonds.

Later, the PML-N moved an appeal, asking the government to remove the name of Nawaz from the no-fly list so that he could travel abroad and receive treatment.

The NAB had previously passed the buck to the federal government to remove the name of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from the Exit Control List (ECL).

In a rejoinder to the letter from the Ministry of the Interior regarding an appeal for the withdrawal of Nawaz Sharif’s name from the no-fly list, the office demanded that the federal government address the matter itself.

There are instances of the government withdrawing the name of a person from the ECL on its own, NAB recalled, adding that the government is the authority competent to do so.


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