Hamza Shehbaz allowed to travel abroad after LHC orders his name’s removal from ECL

11:29 AM | 16 Jan, 2019
Hamza Shehbaz allowed to travel abroad after LHC orders his name’s removal from ECL
LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Wednesday allowed Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz to travel abroad after ordering the interior ministry to remove his name from the Exit Control List (ECL) for 10 days.

Through his counsel Azam Nazir Tarar advocate, Hamza Shehbaz had filed in a writ petition in the LHC stating that the interior ministry placed his name on the exit control list (ECL) in an arbitrary manner as no opportunity of hearing had been afforded to him before the impugned action.

The opposition leader stated that he on Nov 27, 2018, intended to travel abroad to see his ailing wife, undergoing medical treatment in the United Kingdom. However, he said, he was informed by the authorities that his name had been included in the list on the advice of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Hamza pleaded that the right to travel and free movement was guaranteed under the Constitution, however, the impugned memorandum issued by the interior ministry was in utter violation of his fundamental rights.

He contended that a bare perusal of the ministry’s memorandum showed that it had been issued in an unfair exercise of executive powers and failed to give any valid reason.

He further pleaded that the act of placing his name on the ECL was in violation of Articles 2-A, 4, 9, 15, and 25 of the Constitution.

Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan, after hearing the plea, gave him one-time permission to travel abroad.

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