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Shahzaib Hasan files petition in LHC, seeks removal of name from ECL

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LAHORE: Suspended cricketer Shahzaib Hasan on Friday filed a petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC), seeking omission of his name from Exit Control List (ECL).  

The petition was filed by Shahzaib’s lawyer.

His lawyer has adopted a stance in the petition that indicting any person in a case without a fair trial is breach of the constitution under Article 10-A.

The petition states that the suspended cricketer has been facing match-fixing charges and the case is still under hearing. Thus, placing Shahzaib’s name on the ECL is violation of the law.

The petition asserts that Interior Ministry has put Shahzaib’s name on the ECL at behest of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) while declaring the move illegal against the batsman being probed in a fixing scandal.

It contended that restricting any citizen from travelling abroad is sheer violation of basic rights, guaranteed by the law, as Shahzaib is not wanted in any criminal offense. Hence, he should be granted permission to travel abroad to meet his family in England.

The court has sought a reply from the Interior Ministry and PCB on the matter till July 26.

It is to be mentioned here that the PCB had issued a charge-sheet to opener Shahzaib Hasan while suspending him over allegations of spot-fixing during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 tournament in March this year.

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