Dr Asim’s name removed from ECL, returns today


By Nasir Mahmood

KARACHI:  The interior ministry yesterday issued a notification removing Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Dr Asim Hussain’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

Dr Asim Hussain is in London since November after the court granted him permission to travel. He will be returning to Pakistan soon. At the time of his departure in November that Dr Asim’s name had been struck off the ECL.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan had in its order dated August 29, 2017 and later in November directed the interior ministry to remove the PPP leader from ECL. In light of the apex court’s August and November orders and the ministry’s subsequent assurance to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, a notification regarding removal of Dr Asim’s name form the ECL was issued yesterday.

The Ministry of Interior’s notification said; “In continuation of this Ministry’s Memorandums of even number dated 08-09-2017 and 23-11-2017, It has been decided to remove the name of Dr. Asim Hussain, North Nazimabad, Karachi, from Exit Control List in compliance of Supreme Court of Pakistan order dated 29-08-2017 in Civil Petition Nos. 2166, to 2188. 2445 and 2446 of 2017 and order dated 28-11-2017 in Criminal Original Petition No 220 of 2017 in Civil Misc. Application No. 8188 of 2017 in Civil Appeal No.1193 of 2017. All concerned are requested to take immediate action in the matter.”

Meanwhile, informed sources hinted here that Dr Asim Hussain  is reportedly schedule to arrive back home in the wee hours today.