Nawaz laments over the talks of placing him in ECL, says has right to choose lawyer if it’s fair trial

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, former prime minister Nawaz Sharifsaid he has the right to choose his counsel in the corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the Sharif family.

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Nawaz, who appeared before the court today without a lawyer after Khawaja Haris recused himself from representing the former prime minister, added, “No one can deny me the right to choose my lawyer.”

The former premier further claimed, “There are talks regarding placing my name on the Exit Control List (ECL).”

Lamenting that he may be barred from leaving the country, Nawaz said, “Those who broke the backbone of terrorists are being placed on ECL while those who brought terrorism to the country are being removed from the list.”

“Those who disrespected the Constitution are being welcomed,” the former premier asserted.

On Monday, the NAB requested the interior ministry to place name of Nawaz along with other accused in ECL.

It is pertinent to mention that current interior ministry is under interim interior minister Azam Khan,  under caretaker prime minister Nasir-ul-Mulk.

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