Nawaz, Maryam placed on ECL: sources

Nawaz, Maryam placed on ECL: sources

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam, who were sentenced to prison in Avenfield properties case last week, have been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL), interior ministry sources informed.

The father-daughter duo, currently in London with Nawaz's ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz, is expected to return to Pakistan on July 13 (Friday).

Previously, National Accountability Bureau had written different three letters to interior ministry requesting the names of Nawaz and Maryam to be put on ECL in February, June, and July but to no avail. 

The name of former premier and his daughter has been put on ECL following their conviction in the Avenfield reference, sources confirmed. 

While they will not face any difficulty in coming to Pakistan, they are expected to be arrested during the immigration process at the airport as per standard procedure for all those placed on ECL. 

After their arrival in Lahore, they are expected to be directly moved to Adiala prison in Rawalpindi, sources had informed late Monday.

According to sources, the former premier and his daughter will be moved to Adiala prison via helicopter, for which director general (DG) of NAB Lahore has also written a letter to its chief.

DG NAB Lahore Shehzad Saleem, through his letter, requested the NAB chairman to provide helicopter for transferring the two high-profile figures, who were recently sentenced to 11 and eight years respectively in prison in the Avenfield properties case.

The sources said the accountability court judge would also be requested to come to the prison administratively.