Khan, his wife Bushra Bibi and other leaders and a former parliamentary member of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is said to have been barred from leaving the country on Thursday.
Sharing on Twitter, Khan wrote: “I want to thank the government for putting my name on the ECL because I have no plans to go abroad, because I don’t have any assets or business abroad, not even don’t have a bank account abroad.”
“If and when I get a chance to go on vacation, it will be in our northern mountains, my favorite place on earth,” he said.
The Exit the control list (ECL) is maintained by the interior ministry and deals with individuals who are not allowed to leave the country due to pending cases or for other reasons.
Earlier, Samaa News channel reported on Thursday that the Pakistani government had banned Khan, his wife and at least 80 people from leaving the country.
“The federal government has decided to add the names of 80 people, including PTI Chairman Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi, to the no-fly list,” the report said.
Khan, 70, and several senior leaders of his party are facing lawsuits related to the violence that erupted following the May 9 arrest of the head of the PTI in a corruption case. On 9 May, violent protests broke out after the Paramilitary Rangers arrested Khan from the grounds of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
Workers in his party vandalized dozens of military facilities, including Lahore Corps Commander’s House, Mianwali airbase and the ISI building in Faisalabad in response to Khan’s arrest.
Crowds also stormed Army headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi for the first time.
Police put the death toll in violent clashes to 10 while Khan’s party claimed 40 of its workers were killed in a shooting by security staff.
Thousands of Khan’s supporters have been arrested after the violence, which the powerful army described as a “dark day” in the country’s history.
Several top PTI leaders have also been arrested following the unrest.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday that those involved in attacks on military facilities would be tried in military courts while those accused of attacking civilian targets would be prosecuted. prosecution under civil law.
Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said the government was weighing the possibility of banning Mr Khan’s PTI party following attacks by his supporters on military facilities following the arrest of the former prime minister.
Khan was ousted from power last April after losing a vote of no confidence in his leadership, which he accused was part of a US-led plot to on him for his independent foreign policy decisions toward Russia, China, and Afghanistan. PTI