Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday said the exit control list (ECL) was a ‘calamity’ for the ruling elite. The prime minister took to Twitter to share videos of the country’s beauty and remarked, “The majestic beauty and diversity of our land is unparalleled. Sadly this beauty is not appreciated by our ruling elite which is why ECL is such a calamity for them.” “The captivating grandeur of our land is why I would be happy just remaining confined here working for our people,” he added. The video clips depict Baltoro glacier, the world’s biggest mountain glacier located outside Polar Regions, 43 miles long and over 3 miles wide in the Karakoram range of Gilgit Baltistan. The biggest mass of glacier is clearly visible even from the space. The region has the greatest concentration of the world’s highest peaks including K-2, inhibited by rare wildlife like Markhor and snow leopards. Earlier this week, the prime minister had tweeted, “Why are some of our lawmakers so scared of the ECL? Why are they so keen to go abroad? There is so much work to be done by politicians in and for Pakistan – the land they claim to love but some cannot wait to take frequent trips abroad and lawmakers have iqamas or residencies abroad.” Published in Daily Times, January 20th 2019.