Sharif, family may soon be barred from leaving Pak

Sharif, family may soon be barred from leaving Pak

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ISLAMABAD: Ousted Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif and four of his family members can soon be barred from leaving Pakistan in connection with the Panama Papers case as the country’s anti-graft watchdog has initiated a process to place their names on the Exit Control List, a media report said on Saturday.
Sharif and some of his family members are facing charges relating to their ownership of properties in London. He resigned as prime minister in July after the country’s Supreme Court disqualified him over undeclared income.
Three cases were registered by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on September 8 against Sharif, his children and son-in-law in the Accountability Court Islamabad, following the July verdict by the Supreme Court.
‘Dawn’ reported that the NAB Lahore office on Friday initiated the process to place the names of Sharif, his sons Hussain and Hassan, daughter Maryam and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar on Exit Control List (ECL).
According to the NAB Islamabad spokesman, the members of the family may face travel restriction if listed on the ECL. An accountability court had earlier declared Hussain and Hassan proclaimed offenders for skipping court proceedings in connection with the case.
On Thursday, the NAB had requested the ministry of interior to put finance minister Ishaq Dar’s name on the ECL after an accountability court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for him. Dar, like Sharif’s sons, has continuously been absent from court proceedings in a case against him for owning assets beyond known sources of income.

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