LAHORE: National Assembly Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif has decided to challenge the government’s decision to place his name on the Exit Control List (ECL) in the Lahore High Court (LHC).
Earlier, the interior ministry issued a notification regarding a foreign travel ban on Shehbaz, who is also the president of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).
On Friday, the interior ministry placed the name of Shehbaz Sharif on the no-fly list on the recommendation of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and approval of the federal cabinet.
The federal cabinet meeting on Thursday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in chair, approved the recommendation of NAB to place Shehbaz Sharif’s name in the ECL.
The accountability bureau, in a letter to the Interior Ministry, had cited that investigations against Shehbaz were under process in a case of possessing assets beyond his known sources of income, hence his name should be placed on the ECL.
The former Punjab chief minister is currently facing two corruption references filed by NAB.
In Ramzan Sugar Mills reference, he has been accused by the NAB for misusing his authority as Punjab chief minister to benefit factories owned by his sons that cost Rs 200 million to the national exchequer.
In Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme, he is also facing charges of misusing his authority to illegally issue directives for cancellation of contract with regard to the housing project in 2014, causing Rs715m loss to the exchequer.