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Petition filed to put Sharif family name on ECL

04 August, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday accepted a petition seeking to put names of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his children and former finance minister Ishaq Dar on exit control list (ECL).

One member bench of the IHC will hear the petition on Monday.

Earlier on Wednesday, a petition seeking court’s directions to put names of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his siblings, his son-in-law and Ishaq Dar on the exit control list (ECL) was filed in the Islamabad High Court.

The petitioner has requested the court to bar the respondents from leaving the country by putting their names on the ECL as cases against them are set to be heard by the NAB courts.

Petitioner Raees Abdul Wahid Advocate moved the petition praying the court to direct Ministry of Interior, DG FIA and Immigration & Passports director to freeze the bank accounts of the respondents.

In his petition, Raees nominated federation of Pakistan through secretary ministry of interior, director general (DG) Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), director Immigration & Passports, Mian Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, Captain (R) Safdar and Ishaq Dar as respondents.

He stated that at least three political parties filed petitions before the Supreme Court against the Sharif family and others and subsequently the apex court after conducting impartial inquiry through the joint investigation team (JIT) announced the historical verdict in Panama Papers case on July 28 disqualifying Nawaz Sharif from participating in political activities forever and also ordered for filing of references against them in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

He maintained that the above said members of Sharif family were found involved in corruption and money laundering. Since they may face legal proceedings before accountability courts, it is therefore necessary that they do not go out of the country, the petition maintained.

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