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Zardari to stay on ECL, says Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pakistan, Fawad Chaudhary has said that Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari will continue facing travel ban.

He issued the statement after the cabinet meeting held here on Wednesday.

The federal cabinet decided to reconsider the names of 32 persons accused in the ‘fake bank accounts’ case so that their names could be removed from the travel ban list.

Initially, 172 people were placed on the ECL but on the directives of the Supreme Court, the names of PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah were removed. Now, 170 of the persons accused face the travel ban.

“The ban on Zardari will continue while the case of 32 others has been sent to the review committee for removal from the ECL,” the information minister said, adding that one of the persons accused in the context, Abdul Momin Dehri, had passed away.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.