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Nawaz Sharif, Maryam not on ECL yet, says interior ministry

July 11, 2018

Former PM Nawaz Sharif gestures as he leaves after attending a press conference of his daughter Maryam Nawaz (L) in Islamabad on May 29, 2018. Photo: AFP

The names of former PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, have not been placed on the Exit Control List, said the interior ministry.

The ministry spokesperson said that reports about placing their names on the Exit Control List (ECL) were untrue as the decision will be taken upon their arrival in the country. He said that the interim cabinet’s sub-committee will decide if the former PM and his daughter have to be put on the list.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz have been in London since June 15. They had gone to spend Eid with former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. A day before their arrival in London, Begum Kulsoom suffered a cardiac arrest and has since been on life support at the Harley Street Clinic. The two announced that they will return to Pakistan on July 13.

Three days ahead of their expected arrival, it was reported that the interior ministry placed the names of Mr Sharif and his daughter on the Exit Control List on Tuesday.

“We are going to Pakistan to surrender, not to run away,” said former first daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday. The father-daughter duo has booked their flight to Pakistan. They will reach Lahore on Friday, July 13, on a private airline’s flight. They will fly on July 12 at 8:45pm. According to the schedule, the plane will land at 8pm at Allama Iqbal Airport.

“We will address our workers after leaving the airport,” said Maryam Nawaz. “It is time to end the war that has been going on for 70 years. It’s no longer the 1970s or 1980s when you could dictate everyone. Allah knows best about our return.”

On July 6, an accountability court awarded 10 years to the former PM and seven to his daughter in the Avenfield corruption case. Capt (retd) Safdar, the husband of Maryam Nawaz, was sentenced to a year in jail. He was sent to Adiala Jail on Monday.

The court ruling has disqualified Maryam Nawaz and her husband, Capt (retd) Safdar, from contesting the election on July 25. The former PM was disqualified in 2017 from holding public office.


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