Islamabad: Senate Opposition Leader Yousaf Raza Gillani was barred from leaving the country Wednesday morning.
The former prime minister was to fly to Italy for a conference. He was stopped at the Islamabad International Airport because his name was on the Exit Control List.
According to the Interior Ministry, Gilani’s name has been on ECL since 2013.
A number of PPP leaders protested against the government’s move. Senator Sherry Rehman said that Gilani was supposed to attend a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union with MNAs and senators but couldn’t do so.
She criticized the government and accused it of running “two systems”. He [Gillani] was stopped even though he was leaving to represent Pakistan in the world, she added.