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Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Hussain Chaudhry said on Thursday that the federal cabinet has rejected the recommendations of the interior minister to remove the names of 20 people from ECL.

Fawad Chaudhry was addressing a press conference following a federal cabinet meeting in Islamabad.

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Mr Chaudhry said that the law ministry had informed the cabinet that the Supreme Court’s written order pertaining to the removal of names from the Exit Control List (ECL) has not been issued as yet.

Information minister said a cabinet committee has been formed, which includes Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Dr Farogh Naseem, Minister of State for Interior Shahryar Afridi, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Accountability Shahzad Akbar and the Interior Secretary Azam Suleman Khan. This committee will review the issues pertaining to the 172 names, looking at the roles of each person, following which it will present its recommendations to the cabinet.

The minister added that once the written orders of the SC are issued, the cabinet will also seek the committee’s guidance regarding whether a review appeal of the court order should be submitted or not.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on December 31 had ordered the federal cabinet to reconsider its “hasty decision” of placing the names of 172 individuals, including Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and other Pakistan People’s Party stalwarts, on the ECL.