ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced here on Sunday to remove some 5.000 names from Exit Control List (ECL). It seems that interior Ministry is paving the way for a major cleanup in the ECL.
Interior Ministry is gaining full self-control over the list now. The ministry told that no other department except his ministry will have authority to add individuals on the list.
“Some 8,000 names are on the list which was being used to malign people. I hereby announce to remove some 5,000 names from the ECL except those belonging to proscribed organizations. Moreover, the Black List, which was being run under the Passports Directorate and contained 52,000 names, will seize to exist from this point onward”, said Nisar Ali Khan.
Interior Minister further said that as an alternative to the Black List, a passport list is being generated to target those individuals using two passports and resorting to illegal use with the help of these.
The minister also said that a time span of three years will be allowed to justify the presence of anyone’s name on the list. Upon failure to do so, the name in question will be removed.
“Whosoever gets their name on the list will be notified and will be given a month’s time to prove the inclusion wrong”, said Khan.