Govt decides not to remove Maryam Nawaz’ name from ECL: minister

Govt decides not to remove Maryam Nawaz’ name from ECL: minister

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The federal government has decided not to remove Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz’ name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

Talking to a private news channel, Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda said that the entire cabinet was against removing Maryam's name from the no-fly list. “The entire cabinet was on the same page and did not want remove Maryam’s name from the ECL,” he maintained.

"The prime minister endorsed our opinion as well," he said added "Even if the court supposedly allows PML-N’s leader to go abroad, we [government] will challenge that decision."

Earlier, the Lahore High Court (LHC) directed the federal government to decide on Maryam Nawaz’s plea seeking the removal of her name from the ECL within seven days.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi heard the petition.

In her petition, Maryam Nawaz had expressed concern for her father's health and requested the court to allow her to travel abroad for six weeks.

Last month, the LHC granted bail to Maryam Nawaz in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case.

The PML-N leader was arrested by NAB in August and has been in custody of the accountability watchdog, which accused her of corruption and corrupt practices as defined under section 9(a) of NAO 1999 and schedule thereto and AML Act 2010.