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Shehbaz Sharif’s name to be removed from the no-fly list

March 26, 2019

PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif’s name should be removed from the Exit Control List, the Lahore High Court ruled on Tuesday.

A two-member bench of the court asked NAB lawyers about what proof they have that Shehbaz Sharif owns more assets than known sources of income.

The court also asked about the status of the case. NAB lawyer said that it is still an inquiry and has yet to be turned into a reference.

Related: Shehbaz Sharif files petition in the Lahore High Court to have his name removed from the ECL

On February 28, Shehbaz Sharif, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, filed a petition in the court to have his name removed from the Exit Control List.

The PML-N president and former chief minister of Punjab named the federal government, NAB, and FIA as respondents in his petition.

His petition said that as the leader of the opposition and the head of one of the country’s largest political parties, his name should not be on the ECL. He also said that the government had put his name on the ECL illegally. According to the law, restricting someone’s movement is illegal, he argued.

His name was added to the no-fly list on February 22 in the Ashiyana Iqbal Housing case, for which NAB had arrested him on October 5, 2018. He was released on bail on February 14 after the Lahore High Court accepted his bail plea.

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