Dr A Q Khans name not included in ECL: SC informed.
ISLAMABAD, November 11, 2009 (Balochistan Times ): Acting Attorney
General (AG) Shah Khawar advocate has informed the Supreme Court (SC) in
writing that name of eminent nuclear scientist Dr A Qadeer Khan has not
been placed on Exit Control List (ECL). A 3-member SC bench comprising
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, justice
Chaudhry Ejaz and justice Rehmat Hussain Jaffri resumed the hearing of
the case Wednesday, Acting AG informed the SC in writing on behalf of
interior ministry that name of Dr A Q Khan was not included in ECL.
Chief Justice of Pakistan inquired Shah Khawar advocate that Dr A Q Khan
had expressed reservations on ECL Act- 1991. Shah Khawar advocate
contended the court had suspended section 3 and 4 of ECL Act and a
detailed reply to this effect would be presented in the court on the
next hearing. The learned bench accepting the plea adjourned the hearing
of the case for indefinite period. It may be mentioned Dr A Q Khan had
sent a letter to CJP wherein he had taken the plea that state
institutions on their own choice included the name of any person in ECL
without informing him which constituted sheer breach of human rights.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)