Federal Minister for Defence Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar has been stopped from leaving the country as his name was included among others in Exit Control List (ECL) after Supreme Court’s verdict against NRO.

Defence Minister along with 6 member delegation was leaving for an official visit to China where he was scheduled to attend commissioning ceremony of F-22 P Frigate. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir is also part of the delegation. According to sources, when Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar along with Admiral Noman Bashir arrived at Islamabad airport, he was told by the immigration officials that he can’t be allowed to leave the country as his name is included in the ECL. Secretary Defence Syed Athar Ali was also present on the occasion.
On the other hand Talking to Media, Ahmed Mukhtar said he didn’t go to airport as his staff informed him that his name is included in ECL, however, he was scheduled to leave for a three day visit to receive Frigates but some powers want to stop him from going abroad. Mukhtar said it’s shameful and embarrassing that Naval Chief has been allowed to go while Defence Minister has been stopped. The defence minister said he is ready to face courts. Ahmed Mukhtar told that President and Prime Minister have been informed about the incident.

Meanwhile, other members of the delegation have departed for China.

Dunya News