ISLAMABAD: On Friday, the federal cabinet gave approval to place former prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, MPA Salman Shehbaz, Punjab’s opposition leader Hamza Shehbaz’s names on Exit Control List (ECL).
Source privy to development confirmed that in addition along with aforementioned individuals, Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) Moeen Aftab has also been placed on the ECL after the federal cabinet approved of the move through circulation.
The placement came following the request of NAB against the accused in corruption references.
NAB is probing Hamza for allegedly owning assets beyond means. He, along with his brother Salman, is also accused of using Rs200 million from public funds to build a bridge linking to the family’s sugar mills. The money was approved by then chief minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Ex- premier Abbasi is accused of awarding a 15-year contract for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal against the rules when he was the petroleum minister in former premier Nawaz Sharif’s cabinet. The case was closed by NAB in 2016 but was reopened in 2018.
Meanwhile, Aftab is being investigated for alleged embezzlement of Rs 26 billion in PSM funds.