ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on Thursday removed the name of Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif from the Exit Control List (ECL) on the directions of the Lahore High Court.
According to a notification issued by the ministry, Shehbaz’s name has been eliminated from the no-fly list as directed by the LHC in its order of March 26. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president had been placed on the ECL on February 22 after the recommendation of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and approval of the federal cabinet.
On February 28, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif had challenged placing his name on the ECL in the Lahore High Court.
Following the verdict of the high court to end travel restrictions on Shehbaz, sources close to the PML-N said that Shehbaz may depart for London soon to see his daughter-in-law and ailing granddaughter who was suffering from cardiac issues.
Former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif is currently facing two corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau. 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 Rs200 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 the contract with regard to the housing project in 2014, causing Rs715m loss to the exchequer.