LHC orders removal of Shehbaz Sharif’s name from ECL
LAHORE: Lahore High Court has directed to remove name of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) president and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif, from no-fly-list.
PML-N president had been placed on Exit Control List (ECL) on February 22 after recommendation of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and approval of federal cabinet.
Shehbaz Sharif’s lawyer, while giving arguments, said that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) included politician’s name in ECL over directions of anti-graft watchdog without producing any legal reasons. He added that Sharif had travelled abroad during period of inquiries against him.
NAB prosecutor said that an inquiry was continued in presence of solid evidences against Sharif in assets worth Rs3.3 billion beyond his income through known sources.Prosecutor said that he should contact related forum for removal of his name from no-fly-list.
LHC judge questioned how could a name be included in ECL on the basis of allegations and whether it did not come in violation of court orders.
Court rejected verbal arguments of NAB prosecutor and directed to provide documented evidences.
Lahore High Court (LHC) directed federal government to remove Shehbaz Sharif’s name from no-fly-list.
On February 28, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif had challenged placing his name on the ECL in Lahore High Court.
Defence counsel in his arguments said someone’s name cannot be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) only on assumptions as it is violation of the basic rights.
PML-N president had been placed on Exit Control List (ECL) on February 22 after the recommendation of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and approval of federal cabinet.