Court allows Pervez Musharraf to fly abroad

The Sindh High Court has instructed removal of former president Pervez Musharraf’s name from ECL. A two-member bench comprising Justice Shahnawaz Tariq and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar declared a short judgment, allowing the ex- military leader to travel abroad. In its judgment, the bench said federal government can submit an appeal against the judgment within 15 days; therefore, the decision will be effective after 15 days.

Pervez Musharraf

Musharraf had registered an appeal in the SHC looking for removal of travel ban to visit his ailing mother in Dubai and get treatment overseas; however, the federal govt has turned down to allow him, on the grounds that he is facing treason allegations. The 70-year-old Musharraf was indicted in March on allegations connecting to his imposition of emergency rule in late 2007. Pervez Musharraf, who taken power in 1999 and resigned in 2008, has pleaded “not guilty” to the allegations. He faces the death charges if convicted of the allegations, under Article 6 of the Constitution.

Pervez Musharraf is also on bail in a few other serious cases connected to his time in power including 2007 murder of PPP leader Benazir Bhutto in a gun and suicide attack and murder of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006.

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