No ECL relief for Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior has rejected a request from former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt Safdar to strike their names of the Exit Control List (ECL). The Sharif family had written to the ministry in October last year, seeking permission to travel abroad by removing names from the no-fly list.

Geo quoted a source as saying that the interior ministry had rejected the request.

In the petition, the three members of the Sharif family had stated that Rule 2 of Exit From Pakistan Rules 2010 did not apply to them. The three maintained that they were not involved in corruption, misuse of authority, terrorism or any conspiracy and thus their names should be removed from ECL.

The decision to put the Sharif family on the ECL was taken during the first federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 20, 2018.

In December last year, an accountability court in Islamabad sentenced Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison in Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference.