The Islamabad advocate general on Tuesday approached the chief commissioner of the capital city to initiate the process for placing former Gilgit-Baltistan chief justice Rana Muhammad Shamim in the exit control list (ECL).
In a letter to the chief commissioner, Advocate General Niazullah Niazi said that Rana Shamim was facing contempt proceedings before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and if he fled the country it could seriously prejudice the ongoing proceedings.
“Rana Muhammad Shamim is facing contempt proceedings before the Honorable Islamabad High Court in Criminal Original No. 309/2021 and has been served with show cause Notice No. 1628 dated 19.11.2021 in the same proceedings,” the letter said.
“The Respondent alleged contemnor Rana Muhammad Shamim is a flight risk. Should he flee the country, serious prejudice may be caused to the ongoing proceedings and in effect to the rule of law and independence of judiciary,” it added.
“You are requested to kindly initiate process for placement of Rana Muhammad Shamim on the Exit Control List (ECL),” the letter further said. “The next date of hearing is 13-12-2021 and therefore immediate action is required.”
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