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IHC suspends flight ban on PTI leaders, others

IHC suspends flight ban on Gill, others​

Six PTI leaders added to investigation agency's 'stop list'; Shahzad, Shahbaz say list only for 'criminals'

Saqib BashirApril 12, 2022

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PTI leaders Shahbaz Gill (L) and Shahzad Akbar (R). PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders got a temporary relief from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday after it suspended the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) notification of a flight ban against them.

Former PM aides Shahbaz Gill, Shahzad Akbar had approached the IHC earlier in the day, requesting the high court to dismiss the ban. Later, the IHC also suspended the ban against former principal secretary Azam Khan, Imran's ex-focal person on digital media Dr Arslan Khalid, and Mohammad Nafees Gohar.

The IHC maintained that according to the petitioner, after the no-confidence vote against former prime minister Imran Khan, their names were placed on the Provisional National Identification List (PNIL), arguing that only those involved in heinous crimes could be put on the list.

The IHC issued a notification to the interior secretary and the director general of the FIA, and further ordered them to reveal the authority under which the petitioners’ names had been placed on the ‘stop list’.

The high court adjourned the hearing of the case till tomorrow.

Shahzad, Shahbaz file petition

The PTI leaders had filed petitions in the IHC against their names being added to the FIA's ‘stop list’.

The petition maintained that there was no case or charges against the leaders; therefore, the ban on them travelling abroad was against the law. They further requested the court to lift the ban against them.

Former PM aide on accountability, Shahzad Akbar, asked the court to summon the FIA and inquire them about who gave their names for the ‘stop list’ as there was no cabinet and no government as of recent.

“There must be a case or a requesting agency for being put on the stop list. The director general of the FIA must reveal the person who placed this order,” Shahzad said.

Talking to the media, Shahbaz Gill claimed that his name and the names of his colleagues were added to the Exit Control List (ECL) while members of the National Assembly were being “bought and sold at the behest of the US”.

He maintained that adding people’s names to the ‘stop list’ without charges of corruption against them was contempt towards honest people.

Six PTI members on no-exit list

Six prominent figures in the former PTI government, including some bureaucrats, were put on the ‘stop list’ by the FIA to prevent them from leaving the country, sources said.

According to the sources, the FIA had put the names of six people – three bureaucrats and former advisers – in the list. They added that the information about these individuals would be provided to the airports and border security checkpoints.

They are Azam Khan, principal secretary to former prime minister Imran Khan, former advisers Shahbaz Shabbir and Shahzad Akbar, FIA Director Lahore Muhammad Rizwan, former director general Anti-Corruption, Punjab, Gohar Nafees and PTI’s social media team member Arslan Khalid.



Jun 2, 2011
Wig wearing holy hoes can go to hell, IK/PTI should focus on replacing the system because it's not possible to bring any meaningful change for common people.
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