Cabinet rejects Maryam's plea to travel abroad.


Islamabad -- The Federal Cabinet which met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair on Tuesday unanimously rejected the plea of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz seeking removal of her name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

Briefing media persons about cabinet meeting decisions, Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan in response to query said that the cabinet outrightly rejected Maryam Nawaz's plea with consensus.

She said that 24 cases pertaining to including and removing names of various people from ECL were presented before the cabinet, which approved placement of four names on ECL, removal of eight names, while decision on eight other cases was deferred.

'The move aims at making one and uniform law in Pakistan without any special treatment,' she added.

Firdous said the cabinet showed consensus on the implementation of 'one law and uniform law' throughout Pakistan and endorsed the recommendation of the cabinet sub-committee on ECL, which had opposed the request to strike Maryam's name off the ECL.

Answering a question, the government spokesperson said the cabinet had decided to remove the name of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam's father and former prime minister, from the ECL after 'clear instructions' were given by the high court.

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'The court had recommended that the cabinet remove his (Nawaz's) name from the ECL and court orders were honoured,' Firdous said, adding in Maryam's case the recommendation of the sub-committee was endorsed.

The cabinet sub-committee was directed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) to review Maryam's plea seeking the return of her passport and one-time permission to fly to London for six weeks to see her ailing father, ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The LHC will once again take up the petition of the PML-N leader on December 26.

On Monday, PTI leader Dr Babar Awan had said Maryam's application for removal of her name from the Exit Control List (ECL) had been rejected by the federal cabinet's sub-committee that deals with such cases.

'The sub-committee has decided against allowing a convict to leave Pakistan. There is no such provision in the law. If anyone wants this condition included then the matter will have to be taken up in parliament,' Dr Awan said.

The PML-N vice-president was arrested in August by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in connection with an investigation pertaining to the Chaudhry Sugar Mills.

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