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Musharraf travel ban could not be lifted: AG

SAMAA | - Posted: May 20, 2014 | Last Updated: 8 years ago
Posted: May 20, 2014 | Last Updated: 8 years ago

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday resumed hearing of former president Pervez Musharraf’s petition seeking removal of his name from government’s Exit Control List (ECL), SAMAA reported.

Attorney General (AG) Salman Aslam Butt appeared before a two-member bench and said in his arguments that the former military chief could not be allowed to leave Pakistan since his presence in the country is necessary for treason case proceedings.

He said the orders to put Musharraf on ECL were issued by the Supreme of Court; therefore, travel ban on the accused could not be lifted unless the apex court changed its ruling.

The government already filed its formal response to the court over the petition, and opposed lifting of travel ban on the former president.

The bench, comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Shahnawaz Tariq, later adjourned the hearing till (Wednesday), allowing the AG to carry on his contention tomorrow.

The 70-year-old Musharraf was indicted in March on charges relating to his imposition of emergency rule in late 2007. The ex-general, who seized power in 1999 and resigned in 2008, has pleaded “not guilty” to the treason charges.

He faces the death penalty if convicted of the charges, under Article 6 of the Constitution.

Musharraf is also on bail in three other major cases linked to his time in power including 2007 assassination of PPP leader Benazir Bhutto in a gun and suicide attack and murder of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006. – SAMAA

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