LAHORE - A writ petition seeking directions for the interior ministry to put three Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders on exit control list (ECL) was filed in the Lahore High Court yesterday.

Barrister Ali Gillani filed the petition and submitted that MQM leaders Dr Farooq Sattar, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Khwaja Izharul Hassan endorsed anti-Pakistan statements of their party’s chief, Altaf Hussain.

He further expressed apprehensions that the respondents might flee the country in wake of government’s action against MQM. Therefore, he prayed to the court to direct the government for placing the names of MQM leaders on ECL.