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Govt gets until April 12 to respond to Hamza’s plea

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday directed the federal government to submit response to a petition filed by Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz seeking to strike his name off the Exit Control List (ECL), ARY News reported.

Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan heard the petition of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader who prayed to the court to order removal of his name from the no-fly list.

He directed the additional attorney general who appeared in the case on behalf of the government respondents to submit their response until next hearing.

A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) lawyer informed the court that the bureau had filed a reference against Hamza in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.

The petitioner’s lawyer, however, stated that his client was cooperating with the corruption watchdog in connection with its probe into corruption cases against him and pleaded with the court to strike down travel restrictions against the opposition leader.

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Earlier, March 7, the federal law officer had furnished response on behalf of FIA, stating that the PML-N leader should approach the Ministry of Interior to have his name removed from the no-fly list.

Hamza’s lawyer said his client had already approached the ministry. “The federal cabinet gave approval for inclusion of his name in the ECL. How can the interior secretary entertain a plea for removal of his name,” he questioned.

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