Cabinet places Imran Khan’s name on ECL

Federal Cabinet Thursday have approval to the Interior Ministry to place Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s name on Exit Control List ECL.

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb on Thursday announced that the government had decided to send a declaration against the PTI to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in light of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision, which ruled that the party had indeed taken prohibited funding.

“The decision [announced by the ECP] has clearly proven that PTI is a foreign-aided party,” she asserted, explaining that under the law and Constitution, the government was now bound to send a declaration to the apex court.

Aurangzeb said that the law ministry had been given a time of three days to prepare the declaration and present it in the next federal cabinet meeting.

The government’s decision comes after the electoral body, in its long-delayed verdict, had ruled that PTI had “wilfully” and “knowingly” received prohibited funding — which include a number of foreign donors.

Meanwhile, the minister said that another important decision that was taken in the cabinet meeting was that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will be given the task of investigating the funding case.

“Cabinet has given instructions to the FIA and interior ministry to conduct an independent inquiry and investigation into money laundering, fake accounts and misappropriation of funds.”

Aurangzeb revealed that all the financial institutions such as the FIA and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had begun probing all the individuals involved in the crime.