Federal Cabinet decides not to remove Maryam Nawaz from ECL

Federal Cabinet decides not to remove Maryam Nawaz from ECL

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday decided against allowing Maryam Nawaz permission to fly abroad, maintaining the PML-N vice president’s name on the exit control list (ECL), government’s chief spokesperson Firdous Ashiq Awan announced.
Addressing a press conference after a meeting of the cabinet, Awan did not specifically talk about the decision taken by the cabinet regarding removal of Maryam’s name from the no-fly list, until she was asked about the case.
Awan, the special assistant to the prime minister on information, said a total of 24 cases were brought before the cabinet through an interior ministry summary in which no “VIP’s name” was highlighted. She added that out of the total 24, it was decided to add four names to the ECL, remove eight names from the list, the decision on eight cases was deferred and the request to remove one name was rejected.
“The cabinet unanimously rejected the request to remove the name from ECL of the VIP personality you are inquiring about,” she told reporters, referring to Maryam.
Awan said the cabinet showed consensus on the implementation of “one law and uniform law” throughout Pakistan and endorsed the recommendation of the cabinet sub-committee on ECL, which had opposed the request to strike Maryam’s name off the ECL.
Maryam has in the past month approached the Lahore High Court twice with a request to have her name removed from the no-fly list.


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