SC orders Interior Ministry to remove name of Dr. Asim from ECL

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Dr. Asim moves SC against interior ministry

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered the Interior Ministry to remove name of Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) leader Dr Asim Hussain from the Exit Control List (ECL) and allowed to travel abroad for medical treatment.
SC’s judges Justice Masheer Alam and Justice Qazi Faez Isa heard the case regarding the removal of Dr Asim’s name from the ECL and announced the verdict.
Dr Asim’s lawyer Sadar Latif Khosa told the court that his client’s flight had initially been scheduled for Nov 9; howeve, it was re-scheduled to Nov 21 as Dr. Asim’s name was on the ECL.
In today’s hearing, Justice Isa raised questions as to why the law restricting people from flying out of the country was not being applied to everyone.
The judge implied that certain individuals who have left the country were involved in a number of suspicious activities.
Dr Asim Hussain was taken into Rangers custody in August 2015. After spending 19 months in detention, he was released from prison on the orders of the Sindh High Court in March 2017.
He had been booked on the complaint of the paramilitary force for allegedly treating and harbouring suspected terrorists at the North Nazimabad and Clifton branches of his hospital at the behest of some MQM and PPP leaders.
Corruption references had also been filed against the former minister by NAB for allegedly causing massive losses to the national exchequer through corrupt practices.

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