ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday, requested the Ministry of Interior to place names of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (Retd) Safdar on the Exit Control List (ECL).
The development came a day after the Sharif family filed an application with the accountability court seeking a fortnight’s exemption from personal attendance from February 19 onwards on grounds that the former first lady’s treatment, Kulsoom Nawaz, is in final stages and the family needed to be with her in London.
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According to a NAB official, two separate letters have been written to the Interior Ministry informing it that Nawaz Sharif is facing three NAB references – Avenfield properties, Azizia & Hill Metal Establishment, and Flagship Investments – while Maryam and Safdar are accused in Avenfield properties reference.
All three are key accused in different cases and proceedings against them were pending before an accountability court, the NAB mentioned in the letter.
In November 2017, NAB through a similar letter had asked the Interior Ministry to place name of former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on the country’s no-fly list, a request which is yet to be entertained by the Interior Ministry.
Request was made after an accountability court issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Dar following his continuing absence from court proceedings in a pending reference – accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income – against him.
NAB requests interior ministry to place names of Nawaz, Maryam, Capt Safdar on ECL
However, Interior Minister at first asked the NAB to give justified reasons for its request of placing the name on ECL, when provided by the NAB, the Interior Ministry took a stance that Dar was already abroad and it would be of no use to put his name on the ECL.