The federal cabinet today directed the concerned authorities to remove the names of two lawmakers Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar from the Exit Control List (ECL).The federal cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, passed instructions to remove Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir’s name from the list. Both the MNAs elected as independents from former tribal areas. Both were the main leaders of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) before the elections. But PTM removed them from leadership positions when they both decided to contest the elections.
The immigration authorities had barred both the parliamentarians from flying abroad in November. Citing that their name was on the provisional national identification list (PNIL), the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) took them into custody from the Bacha Khan International Airport.
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto and other politicians condemned this action against independent MNAs. When the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights expressed concern over the matter, the interior ministry officials clarified that the names were placed by the FIA on the recommendation of K-P Inspector General Salahuddin Mehsud.
FIA added that the lawmakers’ were accused in an FIR registered against PTM leaders for a political gathering in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Swabi district. The names on PNIL, one of the no-fly lists, are placed on the instructions of law enforcement agencies and orders of FIA director general. Permission from interior ministry is not required for it.
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17 November, 2019