Federal cabinet may consider placing Sharifs on ECL today

  • Matter pertaining to transfer and posting of chief secretaries and inspectors generals of police likely to be discussed

ISLAMABAD – Interim Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk’s six-member federal cabinet is likely to mull over imposing travel embargo on former PM Nawaz Sharif and his family following the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday.

The anti-graft watchdog on Monday requested the Ministry of Interior to place former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar’s names on the Exit Control List (ECL).

This is NAB’s second letter on the matter. The anti-graft body in a letter on Feb14 had put forward the same request.

NAB in its latest letter maintained that: “The matter is agitated again in view of the fact that reference against the subject accused persons are at the final stage of the trial. There is apprehension that they may leave the country to avoid legal outcomes of the judgment which are expected to be announced shortly.”

NAB requests interior ministry to place Nawaz, Maryam on ECL

In the second letter, it requested to place Maryam Nawaz Sharif and her husband Captain (retired) Safdar on the ECL as both are accused in the Avenfield properties reference.

Moreover, a matter related to transfer and posting of chief secretaries and inspectors generals of police (IGPs) is also likely to be taken up in the meeting.