Pak govt has 15 days to block Musharraf exit

Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf

KARACHI: Pakistan’s government was Thursday ordered to lift a travel ban on former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a court decision.

Musharraf has been battling several court cases since he returned to Pakistan last year to contest elections — including treason charges for imposing emergency rule in 2007 — stoking tensions between civilian authorities and the powerful military.

Presiding judge Muhammad Ali Mazhar of the Sindh High Court in Karachi said the ban “placing the name of retired Gen. Pervez Musharraf on the Exit Control List is struck down.”

“The operation of the judgment is suspended for 15 days so that the respondent (the government) may file appeal before the Supreme Court.”

Musharraf has said he wants the travel ban lifted so he can visit his sick mother in Dubai, but many in Pakistan see it as a ruse to flee the country and avoid the litany of criminal cases dating back to his rule.

But his lawyer Farogh Naseem said: “Musharraf does not want to live like a convicted man. If he is allowed to leave Pakistan, he will come back whenever he is needed.”

The 70-year-old former commando has since April been staying with his daughter in Karachi.





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