LHC to hear plea seeking removal of Nawaz Sharif's name from ECL today

LHC to hear plea seeking removal of Nawaz Sharif's name from ECL today
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Friday will hear a plea seeking removal of former premier Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL), GNN reported.

Advocate Amjad Pervez filed the application on behalf of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif  pleading with the court to order removal of Sharif’s name from the ECL without any conditionality.

The federal government, the interior ministry and others have been named as respondents in the application.

The application maintains that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been granted bail on medical grounds; however the interior ministry has not removed Sharif’s name from the no-fly list.

A two-member bench headed by Justice Baqi Najfi will took the plea.

On previous hearing, PML-N lawyer Amjad Pervaiz told the court that Nawaz has been granted bail on medical grounds but federal government has still not removed Nawaz Sharif’s name from ECL. He said Nawaz had come back to Pakistan leaving ill wife behind.

He said there are court decisions removing those from ECL who have gained plea bargain. He appealed to the court to issue an order for removing Nawaz’s name from ECL.

The court asked federal government to submit its response and adjourned hearing till Friday.

Also, LHC has also issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in this regard.

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.

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

The petition challenged the government’s conditional one-time permission to Nawaz to travel abroad for medical treatment only after submitting Rs7.5 billion surety bond.