SC asks federal cabinet to review placing 172 names on ECL

SC asks federal cabinet to review placing 172 names on ECL

Supreme Court has expressed concern over placing the names of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and other politicians on Exit Control List before a proper review and direction from the apex court.

The observation came during hearing of fake bank accounts case in Islamabad today by a two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar.

The bench asked the federal cabinet to review its decision to place the names of one hundred and seventy two suspects of JIT report on ECL.

At the very outset of the hearing, the Attorney General informed the court that the JIT had recommended placing the suspects' names on ECL. The Chief Justice observed that the JIT should work as per its mandate.

Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi appeared before the court on being summoned to explain the matter. He assured the court that no cabinet minister will give any statement on the sub-judice case.

The court directed all the parties concerned and media not to comment on the sub judice matters.

Supreme Court also ordered PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and PPP MPA Faryal Talpur to submit their reply in the fake banks accounts case during this week.

The court rejected the plea of Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur's counsel, Farooq H Naek to recuse himself from the case on being placed on ECL.

The Court directed him to continue advocating the case. Property tycoon Malik Riaz also appeared before the bench and submitted his reply.

Omni group's lawyers also submitted their reply in the case.

The next hearing of the case will be held on Monday the next.