Cabinet places Imran, Bushra on ECL

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Monday placed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi names to the Exit Control List (ECL) due to their alleged involvement in illegal transfer of 190 million pounds in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

It is pertinent to mention that Islamabad High Court (IHC) has decided to adjudicate the matter relating to bail applications of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case on May 31 as the court has issued summon to Khan for the day.

A special division IHC bench comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz will take up the matter at 2pm on May 31.

Following the recommendation of NAB Rawalpindi, the cabinet approved the inclusion of the names of Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi in the exit control list through a circular summary.

Earlier, the federal government decided to add the names of 80 people, including PTI Chairman Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi, to the no-fly list. Those included in the no-fly list and barred from traveling abroad include Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi PTI leaders Murad Saeed, Maleeka Bukhari, Fawad Chaudhry and Hammad Azhar.

Real estate tycoon Malik Riaz recorded his statement with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) along with former ministers of Imran Khan’s cabinet in the Al Qadir University land allotment case. The development surfaced on Wednesday as NAB pursues a graft case against Imran Khan.

Others included in the case are former federal overseas minister Zulifiqar Bukhari, and former advisor on accountability Shehzad Akbar are also involved in the case were land was allotted for Al Qadir Trust University in exchange for ensuring that the £190 million (Rs70 billion) seized in the UK are returned to Riaz in Pakistan.

A private television claimed the NAB has recorded an initial statement of Malik Riaz in the case. It is pertinent to note that Riaz appeared before the bureau at its Rawalpindi office two weeks ago.

Sources claimed that Malik Riaz was questioned about his connection with the case and whether he had allotted land for the varsity, details of the allotment agreement and any conditions imposed and records of the same.

Last year in November, NAB had sent a call-up notices to property tycoon Malik Riaz and asked him to come up with complete record regarding purchase of 458 kanals in Sohawa Tehsil, the agreement through which Bahria Town donated land to Al Qadir Trust along with revenue documents, and details of other property transferred by him, or by any of his relatives, in favor of Al Qadir Trust or any of its trustees.


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