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FM Admits To Place 172 People Names on ECL in Haste

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday regretted that the government had shown haste in placing the names of 172 people — who were named in an investigation report in a case pertaining to fake accounts — on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed the National Assembly today that the decision on removing the names of Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah from the ECL will be made after receiving detailed written judgment of the Supreme Court.

“How long will this government commit contempt of court?” asked PPP leader Shazia Marri in today’s session.

Replying to Points of Order raised by the lady and Naveed Qamar in the house, he said the Chief Justice has directed to review the issue, not to remove the names from ECL.

Qureshi said that the matter was discussed in a federal cabinet meeting and the government had decided to wait until the detailed verdict is released. According to Qureshi, the top court had ordered the government to consider the removal of travel ban, not to take the names off the list immediately.

“The government has not refused to remove the names from the ECL; it has only sought time,” he insisted.

He said a committee is also working in Interior Ministry that decides the issues relating to Exit Control List.

The House has now been adjourned to meet again at 11 am on Thursday.