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Imran Riaz Barred from Departing for Hajj at Islamabad Airport Despite Court Permission

Islamabad: Senior journalist, political analyst, and YouTuber Imran Riaz Khan was stopped from boarding a flight for the Hajj pilgrimage at Islamabad Airport on Monday, despite having received permission from the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

According to sources, journalist and YouTuber Imran Riaz was prevented from leaving for Hajj at Islamabad Airport, even though last week, IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq allowed Imran Riaz to travel to Saudi Arabia for Hajj.

During the court proceedings, it was revealed that Riaz’s name was placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) on the recommendation of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Following the incident at the airport, Imran Riaz announced his intention to take the matter back to court.

On March 28, the federal cabinet approved the inclusion of 24 individuals’ names in the ECL, including journalists Sami Ibrahim and Imran Riaz Khan, due to ongoing inquiries against them. It is noteworthy that Imran Riaz was arrested on March 27 in a case related to an attack on police and vandalism.

Imran Riaz had previously moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) last year to seek the removal of his name from the ECL and Passport Control List (PCL), arguing that his name was added arbitrarily and without proper justification.

Additionally, on March 9, the Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore granted bail to journalist Imran Riaz in the Zaman Park attack case, after which he was released from Camp Jail.

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