ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided not to attend today’s meeting of the cabinet’s subcommittee on the Exit Control List (ECL), PML-N leader Ata Tarar said on Wednesday.
Tarar, who is representing his party in the committee for the case, said they were told that they should inform the committee if their position changes on the issue.
In a statement issued, the PML-N leader said that the party’s stance on the issue was clear that they have submitted a surety bond to the court. Tarar said, “We stand by our statement which is why we have decided not to attend today’s meeting.”
The cabinet had decided on Tuesday that if Nawaz Sharif wants to leave Pakistan then he should submit a surety bond to the government. However, the PML-N supremo had rejected the demand.
Tarar also claimed in the statement that the PML-N was told by the committee that they will send their recommendations to the cabinet by 10am today.
However, reports circulating that the panel would take its decision by today were rejected by the law ministry. It had said that there is no time limit set for the committee to take its decision.
The cabinet’s subcommittee which decides the cases of ECL will meet today to deliberate on removing Nawaz Sharif’s name from the no-fly list.
While speaking to Geo News last night, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar said PML-N and National Accountability Bureau were asked to submit their reply before 10am today.
According to the special assistant both the parties were asked to inform the committee if there was a change in their stance. He had said the subcommittee would send its recommendations to the Federal Cabinet after receiving replies from the anti-graft body and the Sharif family.
Akbar said that the PML-N supremo had refused to go abroad for treatment on the condition of a surety bond set by the cabinet.
While defending the government’s decision, the special assistant said that seeking a surety bond and return date was not a new thing. He added that there is no precedent which shows that a convict’s name has been removed from the ECL.