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Govt rejects Nawaz Sharif’s plea to remove name from ECL

ISLAMABAD: Interior Ministry has rejected the plea of former Prime Minister and PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif for removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

The Ministry also rejected the applications of Nawaz daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safder to put off their names from the no-fly out list.

In October last year, Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar had separately written letters to Ministry of Interior seeking to remove their names from the ECL.

Sources said that the Ministry of Interior rejected the applications moved by Nawaz, Maryam and Capt (retd) Safdar.

In their letters, they had said Rule 2 of Exit From Pakistan Rules 2010 did not apply to them. They had pleaded that they were not involved in corruption, misuse of authority, terrorism or any conspiracy and thus their names should be removed from ECL.

The PTI-led government in its very first cabinet meeting had decided to put the names of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt Safder on ECL on August 20, 2018.

In July last year, an accountability court in Islamabad had convicted Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar in the Avenfield properties reference and sentenced them to 11 years, eight years and one year, respectively, in prison.