LAHORE: The federal government on Friday submitted a written reply in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on a petition seeking the removal of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL).
At the start of the hearing, the court asked if the federal government had submitted its written reply, to which the government’s lawyer, Additional Attorney General (AAG) Chaudhry Ishtiaq A Khan, responded in the affirmative.
In its 45-page reply, the federal government opposed the request seeking unconditional permission for Nawaz to travel abroad, saying the LHC does not have the jurisdiction to hear the petition.
Cases against Nawaz are being heard in various courts of the country, the government said, adding that it has allowed the former prime minister to travel abroad for four weeks.
According to the government response, Nawaz’s name was added to the ECL based on the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) recommendation.
The government pleaded to the court to reject the petition as non-maintainable.
Following this, the proceedings were briefly adjourned.