ISLAMABAD The federal cabinet on Thursday directed the Ministry of Interior to “immediately” remove names of MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir from the Exit Control List (ECL), reported Radio Pakistan.
The directives were issued during a meeting of the federal cabinet being chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Thursday.
The same was confirmed by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry in a press conference later in the day.
The two lawmakers from North Waziristan were placed on the ECL after a case was registered against them in Swabi. The lawmakers came to know about the ban on their travel abroad on Nov 30 when they were offloaded from a Dubai-bound flight on Peshawar airport. They were travelling to Dubai to participate in a Pakhtun cultural event, but were offloaded from the aircraft of a private airline before departure by the Federal Investigations Agency (FIA) officials.
Both the lawmakers had been detained by the FIA for three days.
FIA Peshawar Director Mirwaiz Niaz had confirmed the arrest, saying the lawmakers’ names were on the blacklist and were wanted by the Swabi police.
A day earlier, FIA Director General Bashir Ahmed told the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights that the lawmakers’ names were placed on the Provisional National Identification List (PNIL) at the request of the inspector general of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He expressed regret before the committee that the MNAs had not been informed that they were barred from leaving the country.