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Washington, March 10, 2017: The US state of Washington has said that it would ask a federal judge to block President Donald Trump’s new travel ban, joining Hawaii as the second state to challenge the executive order, the media reported.

The move comes a day after Hawaii launched its own lawsuit, and Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, said that despite the significant changes to the President’s previous executive order, the new travel ban still suffers from legal flaws, CNN reported.

“The revised executive order does narrow” its impact, but “there is still harm,” Ferguson said in a news conference on Thursday.

“This is effectively a Muslim ban”.

Attorney generals from Massachusetts, New York and Oregon also confirmed that they were planning to join the lawsuit. Minnesota is already part of the challenge to Trump’s actions.

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Trump signed the new executive order on Monday banning foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days and banning all refugees for 120 days, but excluded green card holders and those with existing valid visas from the order.

The original ban included Iraq, but the new order does not. Ferguson said that “change doesn’t pass muster”, reports CNN.

Rather than a seven nation ban, it is only “now a six nation ban”, he said.

“The language is virtually identical”.

According to Ferguson, US District Court Judge James Robart’s current temporary restraining order halting the original travel ban should block implementation of the new executive order as well.

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Robart had issued a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking implementation of the original January 27 ban on February 3.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Thursday said the executive order was consistent with federal law.

“We’re going to go forward on this,” Spicer said, adding “We feel very confident with how that was crafted and the input that was given.” (IANS)

 

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Travel Ban Imposed on Pakistan Peoples Party Leaders Continues

In response, the PPP called the development a "dictatorial decision", Dawn said

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The government has decided to continue a travel ban imposed on top Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders, including chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

The decision was taken at a federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Thursday, reports Dawn news.

The cabinet, at its meeting on December 27, had decided to place names of 172 suspects of the fake bank accounts and money laundering case, including top PPP leaders and Bahria Town owner Malik Riaz, on the Exit Control List (ECL).

However, the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the case, on December 31 ordered the government to review the decision.

The cabinet in its last meeting had referred the matter to a special committee of the interior ministry to review it.

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On Thursday, the committee presented its report to the cabinet recommending removal of 20 names from the ECL, including those of the PPP leaders.

However, Prime Minister Khan and his team rejected the recommendations and decided that the names of the top leaders of the PPP would remain on the ECL.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that names of the PPP leaders would remain on the ECL until a detailed written order of the Supreme Court was received.

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In response, the PPP called the development a “dictatorial decision”, Dawn said.

“The cabinet decision has not only exposed the ‘ugly’ face of Imran Khan but the fact that dictatorship is prevailing in the country which does not even accept the decisions of the Supreme Court,” said PPP leader Nafisa Shah in a statement. (IANS)