Wednesday, January 19, 2022

NAB has no objection over removal of Nawaz Sharif’s name from ECL: sources


ISLAMABAD: Federal cabinet’s sub-committee meeting on Tuesday is underway with Law Minister Dr Farogh Naseem in the chair, to discuss ways to remove former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL), ARY News reported.

The meeting is being attended by Special Assistant for Accountability, Shehzad Akbar, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s personal doctor, Dr Adnan, Attaullah Tarar and others.

Sources said, three medical reports of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif were presented in the meeting. The reports clearly stated that the PML-N supremo needs to be sent abroad for treatment.

To this, Faroogh Naseem summoned NAB’s prosecutor to give his opinion in the matter after consultation with Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal.

NAB’s prosecutor in his reply said the bureau has no issue if the government removes Sharif’s name from the ECL on humanitarian grounds, said sources.

The committee will forward its recommendations to the federal cabinet, which is also currently underway. The final decision will be taken out by the cabinet in this regard.

Read more: Dr Adnan to brief cabinet committee on Nawaz health

The PML-N supremo was granted bail by the Islamabad High Court in the Al-Azizia reference on medical grounds on October 26 after his health deteriorated and he was admitted to Lahore’ Services Hospital.

The PML-N has moved a plea, requesting the government to remove Nawaz’s name from the no-fly list so he can travel abroad and get treatment.

NAB wants govt to strike Sharif’s name off ECL

Earlier, NAB passed the buck of removing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) on to the federal government.

In a rejoinder to the Ministry of Interior’s letter regarding a PML-N plea for removal of name of Nawaz Sharif from the no-fly list, the bureau demanded that the federal government decide the matter itself.

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


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