Spokesperson to former interior minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan has termed the contents of a news report as ridiculous and factually incorrect which attempted to create an impression that the name of former Chief Executive of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Bernd Hildenbrand, was removed from the Exist Control List (ECL) by the then interior minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan.

To the contrary, the interior minister was not in favour of allowing the former PIA’s CEO to leave the country without being held accountable for his alleged corruption. It was on the intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office that permission was granted to Hildenbrand, said the spokesperson to Nisar Ali Khan.

The spokesperson said that apparently, the German Ambassador had contacted Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and had given an assurance that Hildenbrand would return to the country after one month.

It was in the context of recommendations from the Foreign Office that Secretary to Prime Minister personally met Ch Nisar and conveyed the directions of the prime minister to allow Hildenbrand to proceed abroad for one month.