Top Interior Ministry official reportedly removed over differences on placing Sharif on ECL

Top Interior Ministry official reportedly removed over differences on placing Sharif on ECL

*ISLAMABAD: Federal government has reportedly punished the top government official of the Interior Ministry over differences with the bosses on placing Nawaz Sharif name on ECL. *

*Federal government transferred an official of interior ministry, who has been serving as additional secretary, to Economic Affairs Division amid growing debate over placing names of Sharif family members on Exit Control List (ECL), ARY News reported.*

Sher Afgan Niazi, an additional secretary at the interior ministry, has been transferred to Ministry of Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs. A notification of his transfer has also been issued.

According to sources, there was dissension within the interior ministry over inclusion of Sharif family members’ names on no-fly list.

The sources further said the officer had dissented from other officials and recommended implementation of request made by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

On February 14, the anti-graft body had written a letter to the interior ministry to place former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar.

Moreover, a 21-grade officer at Federal Education and Professional Training Division, Imran Ahmed, now will replace Niazi as additional secretary at Interior Ministry.

On Friday, the matter about inclusion of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members’ names on the ECL was raised at the parliament.

Responding to a question, former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the interior ministry’s committee was answerable for decisions on recommendations for including names on the no-fly list.

Speaking at the floor of National Assembly, the estranged PML-N leader said “if” a decision to not include the names of Sharif family members on the list has been finalized, it must have been made somewhere else.

He was making a response to PPP lawmaker Syed Naveed Qamar’s question about delay on the NAB recommendations about placing Sharifs on the ECL.