CJP orders govt to remove Bilawal’s name from ECL

Islamabad: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday has directed to remove Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s name from Exit Control List (ECL). During the hearing of money laundering through fake bank accounts, the top judge has also ordered to omit Bilawal’s name from Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report. He has also directed to exclude Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah’s name from the list. Murad Ali Shah should have been given the right to state his opinion while the PPP Chairman, who was out of the country pursuing his studies, is innocent and had nothing to do with the businesses of his father, he observed. Meanwhile, Attorney-General Anwar Mansoor Khan told the court that the matter of placing names of one hundred and seventy-two suspects on ECL was referred to Interior Ministry and progress on the issue is expected till Thursday. The court has also sent fake bank accounts issue to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and directed to complete the investigation in two months. The suspects have chance to clear their stance by appearing before the investigation officers, he continued. Earlier, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government had decided to place 172 people including former president Asif Ali Zardari on the ECL.