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Travel ban to continue on PPP leaders
By Tariq Butt / IANS January 12, 2019
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ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to continue a travel ban imposed on top Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders, including chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

The decision was taken at a federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday, reports Dawn news.

The cabinet, at its meeting on Dec.27, had decided to place names of 172 suspects of the fake bank accounts and money laundering case, including top PPP leaders and Bahria Town owner Malik Riaz, on the Exit Control List (ECL).

However, the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the case, on Dec.31 ordered the government to review the decision.

The cabinet in its last meeting had referred the matter to a special committee of the interior ministry to review it.

On Thursday, the committee presented its report to the cabinet recommending removal of 20 names from the ECL, including those of the PPP leaders.

However, Imran Khan and his team rejected the recommendations and decided that the names of the top leaders of the PPP would remain on the ECL.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that names of the PPP leaders would remain on the ECL until a detailed written order of the Supreme Court was received.

In response, the PPP called the development a “dictatorial decision,” Dawn said.

“The cabinet decision has not only exposed the ‘ugly’ face of Imran Khan but the fact that dictatorship is prevailing in the country which does not even accept the decisions of the Supreme Court,” said PPP leader Nafisa Shah in a statement.

In a separate development, federal minister of information responded to his predecessor of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Maryam Aurangzeb’s attack on the Shaukat Khanam Cancer Hospital and Namal University, stressing that the institutions should not be turned controversial.

Reacting to her remarks, Chaudhry retorted saying “when you haven’t done a good deed in your life then refrain from turning the names of institutions like Shaukat Khanam and Namal University controversial, just to bring back to life your already dead politics.”

Addressing the claim of Aleema Khanum being a hidden asset of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the PTI leader went on to add: “Aleema Aapa has never been the prime minister of the country and has declared all the assets herself.”

Aurangzeb’s remarks had come following the report digging out another undeclared property of Imran Khan’s sister in a foreign country.

The PML-N leader had earlier stated that Imran has been acting as a hidden asset of the premier, clues of which can be found in the fundraising board of Shaukat Khanam Cancer Hospital and Namal University.

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