Imran Khan’s close aide Shahzad Akbar’s name placed on ECL
The federal cabinet placed the names of 10 people, including former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s close aide Shahzad Akbar, on the Exit Control List (ECL).
In the statement issued after the meeting, it was stated that the Federal Cabinet, on the proposal of the Ministry of Interior, added the names of 10 people to the Exit Control List (ECL), removed the names of 22 people from the ECL and 3 individuals granted One Time Out Permit (OTP).
A senior government official said that, the names of legal experts of the asset recovery unit of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, Shahzad Akbar and Zia-ul-Mustafa Naseem, have been placed in the exit control list on the recommendation of the NAB.
Both Shahzad Akbar and Zia-ul-Mustafa Naseem are currently in the UK.
According to the law, if a person’s name has been put on the ECL and he is abroad, he should be arrested on his return to country and handed over to the relevant law enforcement agency.
Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) had allegedly frozen the assets of Bahria Town owner Malik Riaz’s family for being ‘illegal’, but in December 2019 they settled with him for £190 million.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has accused Shahzad Akbar, PTI Chairman Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi of “providing protection” to Bahria Town against of Rs5 billion and properties in Riyadh.
On the other hand, Shahzad Akbar said that after the approval by the federal cabinet in December 2019, Pakistan is bound by the legal obligation to ensure the confidentiality of the agreement reached between the two parties for data protection and confidentiality with the British agency NCA.