No decision yet on Musharraf’s travel ban

March 17, 2016

ISLAMABAD: In the light of Supreme Court order, the federal government has yet to decide whether or not to lift a travel ban on former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is facing charges in high treason case.

Yesterday, the apex court ordered government to remove Musharraf’s from Exit Control List (ECL) to allow him leave Pakistan for treatment in Dubai.

However, according to our correspondent, the Federal Interior Ministry will decide about removing Musharraf’s name from the ECL, but spokesman claims that the ministry has not so far received the court orders in written.

Musharraf's lawyers say he needs to go abroad for urgent spinal treatment not available in Pakistan.


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He was put on ECL in 2013 after he returned to the country. Last June, his name was removed from the ECL by the Sindh High Court.

But the federal government appealed the verdict.

Yesterday, Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali announced that the government's appeal had been dismissed. But he said the government or a separate court could technically pass a fresh travel ban if they provided valid reasons.

Faisal Hussain, one of Musharraf's lawyers, had claimed that his client could leave the country any time, but the former president could not travel for abroad today.  - Samaa/Agencies

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