Pakistan government rejects Maryam Nawaz's application to fly abroad

Monday 23rd December 2019 12:06 EST

On Monday, 23rd December Imran Khan's government decided not to allow Maryam Nawaz to travel abroad after rejecting her application. Maryam is the vice president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Headed by Law Minister Farogh Naseem, the subcommittee of the federal cabinet that deals with ECL cases rejected her plea. She had initially sought the facility for flying to London to look after her ailing father who is currently undergoing medical treatment.

"The rules concerning placement of the name of persons on Exit Control List [ECL] do not allow the government to entertain her application to remove her name from the no-fly list.

"In fact, the subcommittee is part of the cabinet and a formal announcement to bar Maryam from travelling abroad will be made by the federal cabinet in its meeting," said senior lawyer and aide to the prime minister Babar Awan in a statement to Dawn.

Referring to the Exit from Pakistan (Control) Rules, 2010, the Imran Khan's aide on legal affairs said that even if a person has valid travel documents to proceed to any destination outside Pakistan, the government could stop them from leaving the country for being involved in corruption and loss to government funds.

Earlier, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan had also said that the government would not accept Maryam's request.

Meanwhile, the PML-N Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb, in a statement issued on Sunday, said that the government's decision to bar the daughter of the ex-prime minister from travelling abroad did not surprise anyone, considering that the PTI regime had always been desperately looking for opportunities to victimise and persecute the PML-N leadership.

Aurangzeb said that the PML-N was aware of the "prejudice and vengeful mindset" of the government that was why she had also filed a request with the court to allow her to travel abroad.

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