ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry on Monday denied placing Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur on a no-fly list.
Rejecting reports pertaining to the siblings being placed on a “stop list”, Interior Minister Azam Khan denied the existence of any such register. “There is no stop list,” he said following the conclusion of a standing committee on interior affairs meeting. Khan, who also chairs the Exit Control List (ECL) sub-committee, also said the ministry had not received any directives barring Zardari and Talpur from travelling abroad.
Separately, a National Counter Terrorism Authority functionary briefed the committee on terror threats against politicians. Those at risk include Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) heavyweights, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) chief Aftab Sherpao, Awami National Party (ANP) supremo Asfandyar Wali, Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed’s son Talha, former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Amir Haider Hoti and Akram Khan Durrani of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).
The Supreme Court summoned heads of three private banks and beneficiaries including Zardari and Talpur in connection with a case on dubious transactions executed using bogus accounts. The apex court initiated a so motu proceedings after the recent airing of a report on the alleged money laundering.