On Monday, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said that the name of Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif has been placed on the exit control list (ECL) after approval from the federal cabinet.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry stated on Twitter that the PML-N president’s name had been added to the no-fly list after approval from the cabinet and completion of legal formalities.
“The relevant record has been updated in this regard.”
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the interior minister said that Shahbaz had not submitted any medical documents for travelling abroad or specify the treatment for his illness.
“He was the guarantor for his brother Nawaz. But instead of bringing him back, he was trying to flee without having any sehri. This is the only country in the world where, in the span of a day, a case was accepted for hearing, a decision was announced […] and a ticket was booked.”
He added that the interior ministry had also issued a notification after receiving approval from the cabinet.
On May 11, the National Accountability Bureau decided to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision to grant bail to the PML-N leader.
On April 22, a referee bench of the LHC ruled in favor of granting bail to the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly in assets beyond means and money laundering case, disagreeing with Justice Asjad Javed Ghural’s dissenting note to the decision of Justice Sardar Muhammad Sarfraz Dogar.
A statement issued by NAB read that the anti-graft body’s prosecution team had initiated to prepare an appeal, as per law, keeping in view the “over-sighted or ignored facts” by the three-member bench presented in a ‘Corruption Reference No. (22/2020) filed against the accused’ in Lahore’s accountability court.
“NAB has clarified that the bureau is a national institution which performs its duties under lawful parameters purely in the good faith and interest of the nation and the country, as well, by setting aside any kind of pressure and pressings,” it added.