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LHC to Hear PML-N Petition Seeking Removal of Nawaz’s Name from ECL

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday will resume the hearing of a petition seeking the removal of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

On Thursday, the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) approached the high court to request the removal of the former premier’s name from the no-fly list.

During the hearing yesterday, Nawaz’s counsel argued before the court that at the time of granting the bail, there were no conditions set upon the former prime minister.

Following this, the court asked the Attorney General to tell the court whether the fine imposed by the government was a part of the accountability court’s verdict.

“Does the ECL ordinance give the centre authority to give permission for a one-time visit abroad?” said the court.

The AG asked the court to grant him one-day permission to respond in the case, following which the hearing was adjourned until Friday.

The government on Wednesday agreed to let the former prime minister travel abroad to seek specialized care, for a four-week period, provided he submits an indemnity bond worth Rs7 billion.

Speaking to the media, Law Minister Farogh Naseem said that keeping in mind Sharif’s adverse critical medical condition, “he will be given four-week long, one-time permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.”

However, the PML-N has rejected the government’s conditional offer to travel abroad.