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Accountability Bureau asks interior ministry to put Sharifs’ names on ECL

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday wrote again to the interior ministry to place the names of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his children Maryam, Hassan and Hussain and son-in-law retired Capt Mohammad Safdar on the Exit Control List (ECL).
The bureau has also asked the ministry to put the names of former finance minister Ishaq Dar on the ECL and initiate a process to bring him and two sons of Mr Sharif back to the country through Interpol.
NAB in its letter said: “This matter is agitated again in view of the fact that references against the accused persons are at the final stages of trial. There is apprehension that they may leave the country to avoid legal outcome of the judgement which is expected to be announced shortly.”
On Feb 14 this year, NAB had written a similar letter to the interior ministry, but the government did not place the names of the Sharifs on the ECL. The ministry has reportedly been refusing to entertain NAB’s request on the grounds that it would place the Sharif family members’ names on the ECL only on a court’s order.