ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday suspended the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s notification to place Shahbaz Gill and Mirza Shahzad Akbar’s name on the no fly list.
A single bench of Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued the directions on the petitions moved by Muhammad Shahbaz Shabbir Gill and Mirza Shahzad Akbar who invoked the jurisdiction of the Court under Article 199 of the Constitution assailing placing of their names on the Provisional National Identification List to stop them from flying out of Pakistan.
The IHC bench directed the registrar office to issue notices to the secretary, Ministry of Interior and the director general, Federal Investigation Agency. It further said, “Their nominated officials shall appear at 10:30am today (Wednesday) and explain who had authorized placing of the names of the petitioners and other three officials closely associated with the former prime minister on the list.”
The IHC chief justice said, “They are expected to satisfy the Court that the action was not based on victimization.”
The court further said that till the next date fixed, the operation of the no fly list/ PNIL to the extent of the petitioners and other three officials namely, Muhammad Azam Khan, Muhammad Gohar Nafees, and Arsalan Khalid shall remain suspended.
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