LAHORE, Pakistan: The Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said decision on putting the names of the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on the Exit Control List (ECL) would be made under the law.
In his address at the inauguration ceremony of mobile registration service in the Country in Lahore, he said in 2016, the Supreme Court had given a judgement that all cases related to the ECL would be sent to the Federal Cabinet but not a single case was referred to the Cabinet during the previous period.
Ahsan Iqbal said Pervez Musharraf was not a general now, he was head of a political party so he should face the courts. He said when a politician could appear before the courts while his wife was seriously ill, then why a healthy politician could not come to the court.
The interior minister said Pervez Musharraf’s counsel had assured the court that he would appear before the court whenever he would be called. He said Pervez Musharraf should not be worried about his security and should appear before the courts as non-appearance proved his crime.
The federal minister said the people had reservations over the trial of Nawaz Sharif; however, he added respect of courts should be maintained. He said the attitude of institutions with Nawaz Sharif was increasing his popularity.
Moreover, he said continuity of peace in the Country would be ensured for continuity of progress.
The minister urged the opposition to join hands with the government for installing a caretaker setup for holding general elections; otherwise, the third force would form the caretaker government.
“The world must be told that there were no differences on democracy among the political forces,” he said and hoped that all political forces would agree on an impartial caretaker setup.