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Pakistan blacklists Sharif’s sons, block passports


Islamabad: Pakistan’s jailed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons Hassan and Hussain were placed on the blacklist by the authorities, barring them from travelling on Pakistani passports, media said on Wednesday.

Sharif’s sons, who live in London, were declared as absconders by a court after they failed to appear in any of the three corruption cases lodged against them along with their father after a Supreme Court decision in July 2017. The anti-corruption body National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has requested for the names of Hassan and Hussain to be placed on the Exit Control List on which the caretaker cabinet has not passed a decision, Geo news reported.

The NAB made another request to the Immigration and Passport Directorate after which their passports were blocked and names pla­ced on the blacklist, it said.

Last week, the Federal Investigation Agency approached Interpol seeking issuance of Red Corner Notices against Hassan and Hussain. An accountability court has issued warrants in the Avenfield Reference case and issued orders to immediately produce Sharif’s sons before the court. The court also issued non-bailable perpetual arrest warrants against them.

Imran’s close aide put on no-fly list

Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, a close aide of Pakistan’s PM in-waiting Imran Khan, was put on no-fly list on a request filed by the NAB, a media report said.

The top anti-graft body is conducting a probe into off-shore companies of Bukhari, who was in charge of Khan’s campaign in NA-53 (Islamabad-II). Khan had defeated former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in NA-53.

Bukhari’s name was added to the Exit Control List (ECL) after the cabinet committee’s approval and the addition was made on the request of the NAB, Express News reported.