The Pakistani government on Tuesday put the names of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz on the exit control list (ECL) to prevent them from flying abroad after their return to the country on Friday.
The move came days after the accountability court in Islamabad convicted Mr. Sharif and Ms. Maraym in the Avenfield properties corruption case and sentenced them to 10 and seven years jail respectively. Persons put on the ECL are prohibited from leaving Pakistan.
The father-daughter duo are currently in London to look after Mr. Sharif’s wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who is suffering from throat cancer. The Interior Ministry, on the request of the country’s anti-graft body — National Accountability Bureau (NAB) — has placed the names of Mr. Sharif and Ms. Maryam on ECL, an official of the Ministry confirmed.
The NAB has already declared that the pair will be arrested upon their arrival at any airport in the country.
The Bureau has also decided to request the caretaker government to provide a helicopter to shift the duo to Islamabad after their arrival at the Lahore airport on Friday. A NAB official said taking both the convicts to Islamabad from the Lahore airport by road might require elaborate security arrangements.
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