PTI govt unaware of economy, nation's problems: Shehbaz Sharif

Interior ministry likely to decide putting Shehbaz’s name on ECL tomorrow

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Lahore: The Interior Ministry is expected to make a final decision regarding inclusion of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL) tomorrow (Wednesday).

According to sources, the interior ministry has received a formal application of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) seeking to include Shehbaz Sharif’s name on the ECL.

An important meeting will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) to make final decision in this regard.

Earlier today, the anti-graft watchdog had decided to move Supreme Court (SC) against Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision of granting bail to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and opposition leader in National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif in money laundering case.

The prosecution has begun to prepare for this work.

On Monday, the Faraday Lahore chapter of the anti-corruption Faraday chapter proposed in a letter to the National Bank headquarters that the name of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif should be included in the withdrawal control in the money laundering case (including common allegations) List (ECL).

A letter proposed to disclose the name of the main defendant Shehbaz Sharif in the money laundering reference book, as well as the names of all other co-defendants in the ECL.

In this letter, it is recommended to challenge the decision of the Lahore High Court to oppose the inclusion of the defendant’s name in the ECL in the Supreme Court.

The letter stated that the reference to the defendant based on reliable evidence was submitted to the Lahore Accountability Court on August 20, 2020, and the court’s litigation is ongoing.

“It should be requested on the behalf of NAB to the esteemed Supreme Court that the presence of accused Shehbaz Sharif in the trial pending in the accountability court is very important”, letter stated.

It is pertinent to mention here that on April 22, LHC had approved bail of Shehbaz Sharif in money laundering case over two surety bonds worth Rs5 million each.

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