Federal Cabinet decides to remove Bilawal, CM Murad’s names from ECL

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Thursday approved the removal of Pakistan Peoples’ Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah’s names from the Exit Control List.

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The federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan decided to remove the names in light of the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s detailed verdict.

The cabinet’s move came a day after the Supreme Court released a 24-page written verdict, directing the federal government to take the names of Bilawal Bhutto and Murad Ali Shah off the ECL for the time being in the fake bank accounts case.

The detailed verdict states that “As far as the recommendations relating to Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Mr. Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister, Sindh are concerned, the learned counsel for the JIT has frankly conceded that the material against the said persons may need re-examination to arrive at the correct conclusions. Further, their names may have been included in the list of persons who have been recommended to be placed on ECL, without careful examination of the material available on record and the ramifications and consequences of such orders for the said persons”.

“In this regard, it has been pointed out that Mr. Murad Ali Shah is the Chief Minister, Sindh. It would cause serious problems in performance of his official functions in case his name is placed on the ECL and his movements are restricted. We accordingly direct that the names of the said persons for the time being be removed from the ECL,” the verdict reads.

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