Court orders immediate removal of Asma Alamgir name from ECL

A bench of Peshawar High Court headed by justice Ikramullah Khan has first ordered removal Asma Alamgir name from ECL on April 25 but the Interior minister failed to comply with the order.

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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday once again directed the interior ministry to remove Asma Alamgir name from Exit Control List (ECL) within two days.

The court has issued the order while hearing contempt court petition filed by Asma Alagmir, a senior leader of Pakistan People Party (PPP) asking the court that despite the clear cut order of the honourable court, the federal Interior minister has failed to comply with the order and remove her name from the ECL.

A bench of PHC headed by justice Ikramullah Khan has first issued the order of removal her name from ECL on April 25 after her lawyer Barrister Masroor Shah submitted that Asma name was put on ECL for one year but her name was still on the ECL.

Shah contended that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)  is still conducting the charges levelled against her and has so far failed to present any evidence against her and her husband Arbab Alamgir Khan.

The deputy attorney general, who represented the federal government in the case, assured the court the issue will be resolved without further delay. He asked for two days to remove her name from the ECL.

In January this year, accountability court indicted former federal minister Dr Arbab Alamgir and his wife and former Member National Assembly, Asma Alamgir, for possessing assets allegedly disproportionate to their known sources of income.

The NAB has filed a joint reference against Asma Alamgir and Arbab Alamgir alleging that they had accumulated moveable and immovable assets of Rs 332 million, on their names as well as names of their dependents. However, the couple claimed innocence and said all their assets were acquired through known sources. However, the NAB has so far no presented any solid evidence against the couple in the court.

Asma Alamgir while talking to media has said that all the cases against her were politically motivated and alleged that NAB is being used as a tool for the victimization of political rivals in the country.

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