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Dr Asim Moves SC for Removal of Name from ECL

Islamabad (June 19, 2017): PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain, a close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari, on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court asking for the removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL) so that he may travel abroad for medical treatment.

Dr Asim filed a petition in the apex court through senior lawyer Sardar Latif Khosa. Making Federal government, Interior Ministry and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) as respondents, the petition pleaded the court to direct the federal government to remove his name from ECL.

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The petition stated that Dr Asim was suffering from multiple illnesses and if proper and timely treatment was not given, his life could be at risk.

The petition stated that high court and trial courts have granted him bails in all cases currently he was facing.

It urged the apex court to issue directives to Interior Ministry and federal government  to remove his name from ECL so that he could move aboard for treatment.

The former minister has reportedly been undergoing treatment for a cardiovascular ailment.The petition, filed by Dr Hussain’s counsel, Barrister Latif Khosa, also points out that the PPP leader has already been granted bail by the Sindh High Court (SHC) and anti-terrorism courts.

In March, the Sindh High court had granted bail to the PPP leader in two corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).On the same day, an anti-terrorism court issued a release order for the former federal minister in a case relating to the alleged treatment of terrorists at Ziauddin Hospital, where the accused is the deputy managing director.

NAB had been pursuing Dr Hussain on charges that the former petroleum minister deprived the state exchequer of Rs462.5bn between 2010 and 2013 — Rs450bn through a fertiliser scam, Rs9.5bn through land fraud and Rs3bn through money laundering.Dr Hussain was eventually released from prison on March 31 after 19 months in detention.

He had filed a request at the SHC for the removal of his name from the ECL. However, the plea was rejected on June 5.

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