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

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: In the light of a Supreme Court verdict, the federal cabinet on Thursday decided to remove Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah’s names from the exit control list (ECL).

A special meeting of the federal cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Imran, decided to comply with the apex court orders in letter and spirit.

Earlier, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, on January 7, had directed to strike off the names of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and former president Asif Ali Zardari’s counsel Farooq Naek from the Exit Control List (ECL).

Advocate Faisal Siddique had appeared before a three member bench headed by CJP Nisar on behalf of the JIT. During the hearing, Justice Nisar questioned the role of Bilawal in the case and why his name was included in the JIT report and ECL.

“What wrong did he do to come to Pakistan. Why has this innocent kid’s name on the ECL? Did the JIT put him on the no-fly list to defame him,” said the CJP. “He is merely carrying forward the mission of his mother.”