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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday approved putting the names of five players involved in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal on the Exit Control List (ECL).

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had earlier approached the interior ministry with a request to place Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Shahzaib Hassan on the ECL in a bid to prevent them from leaving the country.

The interior minister further ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to crack down on gambling websites in order to discourage and end spot fixing in cricket games.

The minister also ordered investigations against the bookies involved in the practice as well.

The FIA, which began 'interrogating' the accused today, told Nisar that Latif and Irfan had recorded their statements while the three other players have yet to do so.

The Islamabad United duo, Sharjeel Khan and Khalild Latif, were sent home from Dubai after they were allegedly found having links to an international syndicate trying to corrupt the PSL.

Irfan and Hassan were, however, allowed to play the PSL, but later charged with involvement in corrupt practices.

All five cricketers have been suspended from playing any form of cricket.


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shafi Khan Mar 20, 2017 03:59pm

Please also put Panama criminals on ECL prior to any other suspects.

AXH Mar 20, 2017 04:07pm

This is ridiculous. Is Nisar suggesting that these players have millions stashed away in foreign countries, like our politicians, that they will try to flee the country?

RAfi Mar 20, 2017 04:07pm

Can NISAR order the same for PANAMA suspects .let the justice prevail

Arsalan Aftab Mar 20, 2017 04:11pm

All the suspects are innocent until prove guilty. Kindly treat the suspects of Spot Fixing and Panama gate on equal basis.

Loyal citizen Mar 20, 2017 04:08pm

Double standards. Dont know when we will set priorities right. First put panama suspects in ECL and lead by example.

Khan Mar 20, 2017 04:13pm

Good step for future cricket in pak!!!

Saif Zulfiqar Mar 20, 2017 04:15pm

There passport should be withdrawn, and when found guilty, the players shoul be sent for longtime to prison and banned for life form cricket world.

Jamil Mar 20, 2017 04:17pm

Agreed to Shafi Khan's suggestion. I further recommend that all past cricketers involved in fixing matches should also be banned for life, if these 5 cricketers face life ban.

Asim Mar 20, 2017 04:20pm

And what about those who launder 10 billion dollars out of the country every year?

Jaba jaba Mar 20, 2017 04:16pm

Corruption ridden minister wants to end corruption !!

Mirza Mar 20, 2017 04:20pm

Please put name of Sharjeel Memon on ECL and let FIA do the investigation, which I am 100% sure will not happen.

Saif Zulfiqar Mar 20, 2017 04:21pm

@AXH, Do you suggest that they should not be on ECL? The question is not how much money is involved . They have broken the law and have disgraced the cricket team of Pakiatan.

Ash Mar 20, 2017 04:21pm

This is just an excuse to divert attention away from the government . It also makes the interior minister look like he's doing some work instead of just taking a wage on tax payers expense .

Mirza Mar 20, 2017 04:23pm

@Jamil All past cricketers including those named in Justice Qayyum report be banned for life and not allowed to hold any position in PCB plus no one be allowed to do commentary and as analyst.

muhammad dar Mar 20, 2017 04:30pm

Mr. Nisar what about all money launders and corrupt politicians and civil servants?

Rashid Mar 20, 2017 04:37pm

Nisar orders names of PML-N politicians involved in money laundering scandal put on ECL

Fahim khan Mar 20, 2017 04:42pm

Is ECL minister? Can't do anything for the public.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Mar 20, 2017 04:38pm

What else can he do to save his face and reputation and prove that he is still a force to reckon with?

KB Mar 20, 2017 04:43pm

This man's information is never correct.

muhammad dar Mar 20, 2017 04:48pm

Why should cricketers do not do corruption when all politicians and head of state already done billions in corruption. if you like to stop corruption then start from top.

syed Mar 20, 2017 05:07pm

Can Mr. Nisar also put names of PML-N and PPP politicians who have millions of US$ in foreign banks? I don't think he has courage to take this action. He only catches small fish and poor people. Just look Sharjeel Memon is back and nothing will happen to him. The court decision on hajj scandal is an eye opener. For the panama scandal, NOTHING will happen to the King of Pakistan. Our courts and the government are the same.

Riz Mar 20, 2017 05:39pm

@RAfi agree

Riz Mar 20, 2017 05:35pm

@syed he cannot do that, he himself will be on the list

GhulaM Rana Mar 20, 2017 05:44pm

Please put your leaders family on ECL first

saber Mar 20, 2017 06:02pm

Soft target. But, what about some sectarian outfits ? Mr Interior Minister.

The end is near Mar 20, 2017 06:46pm

He loves to play the Big, ignoring the real serious issues this country is facing.

salman Mar 20, 2017 07:11pm

Any explanation about Ayana Ali, Sharjeel Memon etc etc??? total ridiculous

Jawwad Mar 20, 2017 07:08pm

What a stupid move. This is all that is left to do for this Government. The cricketers named can hardly read a map let alone travel overseas by themselves in a bid to hide from the authorities.

LAHORI KID Mar 20, 2017 07:31pm

Start from in-house, eliminate corruption from your own party and government before going after small potatoes.

BAXAR Mar 20, 2017 08:10pm

@The end is near "He loves to play the Big, ignoring the real serious issues this country is facing." He isn't ignoring the real serious issues, he wants you to ignore them.

Atif khan Mar 20, 2017 08:12pm

And then jail time in Pakistan

LIfe Mar 20, 2017 11:46pm

Ch. Nisar as usual working with full force on a non issue. Will he put on ECL every citizen of Pakistan who is under investigation for one reason or another? This is an abuse of ECL powers.