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Interior Minister announces new Exit Control List policy

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Islamabad, September 17, 2015 (PPI-OT):Unveiling a new Exit Control List (ECL) policy, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday announced removal of over 65,000 names from the ECL and Black List. Speaking at press conference after launching a new Passport SMS Service here, he said a separate ECL policy would be formulated for foreigners.

Giving the breakup, the interior minister said 4,987 names have been deleted from the ECL and only those persons retained on the list whose period of placement was less than three years and or those who were involved in anti-state activities, terrorism or were related to proscribed organisations and those placed on the orders of superior courts.

In addition, he said 59,603 persons placed on the Black List have been removed. Their details included 22, 491 deleted completely, 9,660 shifted to Passport Control List (PCL) and 27,452 placed on Visa Control List (VCL). He said in future people would be placed on the ECL only on the recommendations of defence institutions, intelligence agencies, high courts and the Supreme Court.

The people belonging to proscribed organisations, accused of drug trafficking and those involved in spying against the country would never be allowed to travel abroad, he added. The minister said The ECL was not a ‘joke’. “Unfortunately people were being barred to fly abroad over petty domestic issues in the past”, he added. Nisar said corruption in NADRA would not be overlooked, adding that 138 employees had been sacked under the charges of corruption and issuance of fake identity cards.

For more information, contact:
PRO to Minister
Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan
Room No. 409, 4th Floor, R-Block,
Pak Secretariat,
Islamabad, Capital Territory, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9224938 (Additional Secretary)
Tel: +92-51-9207467, +92-51-9207544
Email: info@interior.gov.pk
Website: www.interior.gov.pk

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