IHC directs removing of Mazari’s name from Passport Control List

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday directed the Director General Immigration and Passport to remove the name of PTI’s former federal minister Shireen Mazari from the Passport Control List (PCL) and submit a compliance report with the Deputy Registrar within a week.

Shireen Mazari’s name was put on the PCL on the recommendations of the Islamabad Police on May 26, just weeks after the May 9 riots. Mazari’s plea was heard and decided by the IHC Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri. The court had reserved its verdict on the plea after hearing both sides on November 21.

The IHC noted that putting the name of Shireen Mazari on the PCL was illegal and unjust. It said her fundamental rights were jeopardised. The court further noted that since a show cause notice was never issued to Mazari, thus, malafide and ulterior motives of the Islamabad police were evident.