ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court Tuesday issued notices to Secretary Interior and other respondents in a petition of former DG ISI Lt General Muhammad Asad Durrani seeking removal of his name from the Exit Control List.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani conducted hearing of the petition of Durrani and issued notices to the respondents directing them to submit their response in this matter.

The former DG ISI approached the court through his counsel Omer Farouk Adam Advocate and cited Secretary Interior Ministry, Secretary Defence and Qalandar Khan section officer (ECL) Ministry of Interior.

The petitioner stated in his petition that he retired from army in 1993 as a three-star general since then he served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Germany and Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, he said that he numerously represented Pakistan in various seminars, conferences and dialogues both nationally and around the world.

He added that on May 29 without any notice or intimation a memorandum placing the petitioner on the ECL was issued by the respondents. The reason given therein is his alleged involvement in an ongoing inquiry.

Durrani told the court that on September 5, he requested the Adjutant General Pakistan Army to remove his name from ECL on account of professional commitments and that he and his wife wanted to visit their grandchildren living abroad.

He continued that after receiving no response from the Adjutant General Officer, the petitioner requested Secretary Interior to review his decision and remove his name from ECL.

The petitioner maintained that the respondents have failed to respond to the petitioner’s numerous requests for removal of his name from ECL. “They are in breach of petitioner’s fundamental rights as guaranteed by Article 4,9, 15 and 18 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973,” added Durrani.

He argued that our constitution guarantees the right of individuals to be dealt with in accordance with law. To enjoy the protection of law and to be treated in accordance with law is the inalienable right of every citizen.

“Restraining the petitioner from meeting his children and grandchildren living abroad is against his fundamental right to life and liberty as guaranteed by Article 9 of the Constitution of Pakistan,” said the petition.

Therefore, he prayed to the court to quash in impugned memorandum of placing his name on the ECL for being illegal, arbitrary, without jurisdiction and contrary to law and Articles of the Constitution of Pakistan.