Govt decides to review ECL list on case-by-case basis


ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Wednesday decided to review names included in the Exit Control List on a case-by-case basis, sources said.
As many as 172 individuals, including prominent politicians, were placed on the no-fly list by the federal government for their alleged role in the long-running mega money laundering and fake bank accounts case.
Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a federal cabinet meeting Wednesday during which the government decided against striking down every name on the list immediately. “Those included in the list will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and after the probe is completed then some names will be removed from the ECL,” sources said.
State Interior Minister Shahryar Khan Afridi and legal experts briefed the prime minister on the case during the cabinet meeting.
As per the agenda of the meeting, the prisoner transfer between Pakistan and China, registration of the union council chairman, sale of substandard stents and the formation of a special committee for Karachi transformation were discussed.
Furthermore, the cabinet has approved an agreement between Pakistan and Japan to increase their defense capabilities.
Regarding registration of union council chairmen and establishment of an advisory council to alleviate poverty, the meeting has finalized the proposed strategy.
Following the meeting, the members of nursing council have been facilitated with the cabinet’s approval.
The cabinet has also approved $5 million grant for the Dubai Expo and reformation of Quaid-i-Azam Mazar Management Board (QMMB).
Importantly, the meeting has approved provision of Euro 130 million soft loan by the French Development Agency (AFD) to Pakistan for certain development projects including the Peshawar Sustainable Rapid Transit Corridor Project.
(Since 2006, AFD has been working with Pakistan to develop renewable energies and energy efficiency, as the country has been undergoing a major crisis in energy sector. The AFP has been financing Pakistan’s unexploited hydroelectric potential)
The agenda also included the issue of substandard statins and formation of a high-level committee for the transformation of Karachi.
The Ministry of States and Frontier Regions have shared information with the cabinet members ahead of approval of funds for rehabilitation of the tribal areas.
Regarding allotment of 32-Kanal land to the Intelligence Bureau by the Capital Development Authority (CDA), the first installment has been approved by the meeting.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed concerning the Agriculture sector of Pakistan.
Lastly, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OPHRD) has gotten an approval for an agreement with Azerbaijan over labor force.


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