ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Ministry says that names of former prime ministers Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani were placed on the exit control list (ECL) in 2013 on the recommendations of National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
In a press statement on Thursday, the ministry said contrary to what was reported in some sections of press, no fresh request from NAB was received in the Ministry of Interior for putting the names of two former prime ministers on the ECL.
“The reports in this regard are totally incorrect and inaccurate. For the record it was reconfirmed that the names of former prime ministers Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani were placed on the ECL in May 2013 and August 2013, respectively, on the recommendations of NAB,” it said.
The ministry also rejected reports that a two-member Scotland Yard team has arrived in Islamabad during this week in connection with investigation of money-laundering and Dr. Imran Farooq murder case.
Meanwhile, it said that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Islamabad Police have arrested over 1800 proclaimed offenders, most wanted human traffickers and absconders in a major crackdown ordered by the Interior Minister.
It was disclosed in a high level meeting which chaired by the Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, and attended by Secretary Interior, Secretary Narcotics, DG FIA, NC NACTA, Chairman NADRA, DG IMPASS, IGP Islamabad and other senior officials.
The minister, while expressing satisfaction on the results so far, ordered FIA, Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and Islamabad Police to further speed up operations against the proclaimed offenders across the country and abroad to tighten noose around criminals, human traffickers and drug smugglers and ensure their early arrests.
He directed FIA that Interpol be engaged and legal assistance of foreign countries should also be sought wherever needed to apprehend proclaimed offenders.
“We must break the nexus between the criminals, human traffickers and drug mafias to rid the society of scourge of these elements,” he added.
In a major policy initiative, the minister also ordered FIA, Islamabad Police and ANF to immediately block the CNICs, cancel passports, driving and arms licenses of these individuals and to freeze their bank accounts after consultation with State Bank of Pakistan within the next fortnight.
He also ordered that all the proclaimed offenders who are at large should be put on Passport Control List immediately and a centralized data bank of all these criminals should be consolidated in the Ministry of Interior.
This databank, he said, should be shared with all relevant government departments including NAB, FBR and Home Departments of the provinces.
“There should be zero tolerance towards crimes of any nature, even a greater vigilance and focus on nabbing and arresting all those who are fugitives from the law,” he added.
The minister said that movement of these proclaimed offenders should be monitored through local police stations and intelligence agencies and directed NADRA to provide family trees (data of family members) of these proclaimed offenders to law enforcement agencies for keeping strict vigilance on any interaction of these proclaimed offenders with their families for easy arrests of these wanted individuals.
The federal agencies should also coordinate with the provincial agencies and police to stop their free movement across the country and abroad, the minister directed.
The minister said that FIA through Interpol should approach its partner organizations across the globe to ensure that proclaimed offenders or any wanted criminal by Pakistan should not get a chance to freely move to any destinations across the world.
Chaudhry Nisar said that priorities of all the concerned departments of the Interior Ministry must be clear for arresting the proclaimed offenders and wanted criminals, warning that slackness on part of any official in this regard would not be tolerated.