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Ministry of Interior directed to provide SOPs about ECL

Islamabad, July 29, 2020: Pakistan Information Commission has directed the Ministry of Interior to provide Standard Operating Procedures, (SOPs) about placing and removing names of people on Exit Control List, (ECL).

A citizen filed information request under the Right of Access to Information Act 2017 to the Ministry of Interior seeking list of people who have been put on exit control list from 1st October 2018 to 1st October 2019. The citizen also requested information list of people who have been removed from the exit control list during the said period along with reason of removing from ECL against each name.

The Ministry of Interior, through a letter No. 12/72/2020-ECL dated 23rd June 2020 stated, that the requested information can be provided only to the persons whose name is placed on the ECL”
Pakistan Information Commission has directed the Ministry of Interior to provide information about Standard Operating Procedures, (SOPs) adopted by the Ministry of Interior in putting and removing names of citizens on ECL.

The PIC in its notice stated that whether these Sops put on the web site of the Ministry of Interior? And Is there a Standard Operating Procedure through which a citizen can know whether his or her name has been removed from ECL and is this Sop available on the web site of the Ministry of the Interior?

Pakistan Information Commission will issue detailed order on requested information in the coming days.

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