Committee answerable for non-inclusion of Sharifs’ names on ECL: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: In response to a question over non-inclusion of Sharif family members’ name on no-fly list, Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said the interior ministry’s committee is answerable for decisions on recommendations for including names on the Exit Control List (ECL).

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 National Accountability Bureau (NAB) recommendations about placing Sharifs on the Exit Control List (ECL).

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.

Nisar went on saying that he had changed the policy of placing names on the ECL and minimized the role of ministry during his tenure as Interior Minister.

“A committee under the ministry was assigned with the task to deal with requests to place the names on the ECL during my tenure,” he said.

He further said the committee was free to take decisions on merit during his tenure, besides the NAB recommendations were always taken seriously.

On the occasion, Nisar wondered about the double standard of placing names on no-fly list.