PML-N’s Mian Nawaz Sharif’s and PPP’s Yousaf Raza Gilani’s names continue to be part of the ECL
Pak Chronicle Report
Two different political parties’ former prime ministers (PMs) still have something in common and it is the Exist Control List (ECL) where they are on same page.
Pakistan Peoples Party’s leader and former Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s supremo Mian Nawaz Sharif are part of the no fly list along with other 1,080 persons across the country.
Records of all the persons whose names have been placed on the ECL was shared with the Senate recently by the Ministry of Interior on a question of Senator Usman Kakar in which it was inquired from the ministry to state names, designations and profession whose names have been placed or deleted on the ECL during the past three years along with province-wise breakup in this connection.
Responding to ‘starred question’ the ministry revealed that a total of 1082 persons names were put on the no fly list while 3049 persons names were deleted. Sharing data about the persons with regard to province-wise placement of their names on the ECL, the ministry stated that 452 persons belonged to Punjab, 317 were from Sindh, 96 belonged to KPK, 14 were from AJK, four belonged to Gilgit Baltistan, 38 belonged to Islamabad Capital Territory and 138 had unknown affiliation as far as provinces are concerned.
According to this data shared by the Ministry of Interior former PM Gilani’s name was placed on the ECL on August 30, 2013 on the recommendation of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). On the other hand the name of another former PM Nawaz Sharif was put on the same list on August 20, 2018 and the NAB was also a referring agency in this respect.
Both of these PMs were placed on no fly list on the recommendations of the NAB which is another common factor between them. They were placed on the ECL in the month of August which is another common thing which they shared together besides sharing some other commonalities in this respect.
The no fly list also include the names of a few politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and others and different agencies asked for placing their names on this list. In cases like it, agencies including Federal Investigation Agency, Federal Board of Revenue, Home Departments of different provinces, Ministry of Interior and other organizations including higher judiciary recommended for placing someone’s name on the ECL.
The daughter of Mian Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz was also included in the ECL on the recommendation of the NAB on the same date on which his father name’s was placed.
Meanwhile on the order of Islamabad High Court the name of Imtiaz Khokhar alias Tajar Khokar was included in the ECL on May 19, 2017.
The names of Anwar Majeed and Abdul Ghani Majeed continue to be part of the ECL on the order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan since July 9, 2018.
On the recommendation the NAB, the names of Arbab Alamgir Khan’s and Asma Alamgir’s names are also part of no fly list. The name of Malik Manshah alias Bomb was also included in the list on October 10 last year on the directives of the apex court.
The Ministry of Interior may also provide relief to somebody whose name is on the ECL and he/she wants to flay abroad due to some compulsion. During period of caretaker government last year despite being on the ECL, Zulfi Bukhari had benefited from this authority of the ministry as he was allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah. Same was the case with former German CEO of PIA, Bernd Hildenbrand who was granted one-time permission to fly abroad by the ministry despite the fact that his name was included on no fly list. He was facing corruption charges over here and he never returned to Pakistan, as was required in the provision which allowed him to fly abroad.