Gen Raheel helped me leave Pakistan: Musharraf

Published: December 20, 2016
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Former president says Gen Raheel helped by influencing government. PHOTO: AFP

Former president says Gen Raheel helped by influencing government. PHOTO: AFP

Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Monday said former army chief General Raheel Sharif helped him leave the country by influencing the government.

On being asked whether General Raheel ‘saved’ him, Musharraf said, “Well he definitely helped me, I am absolutely clear and grateful. I have been his boss and have been the army chief too… he helped out because these are politicised cases, they put me on the Exit Control List (ECL), and made it a political issue.” The former president was speaking during a talk show ‘On The Front’ on Dunya News. 

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On being asked to clarify how Gen Raheel helped him leave the country, Musharraf claimed he did so by influencing the courts indirectly. According to Musharraf, General Raheel influenced the government into relieving the pressure it was putting on courts.

“It is unfortunate but I have to mention that our courts work behind the scenes and give decisions. Gen Raheel played his role by dealing with the government to release that pressure.”

“Once the pressure was removed, I was allowed to travel abroad for treatment,” Musharraf added.

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Musharraf flew to Dubai on March 18 after the federal government removed his name from the Exit Control List (ECL) following a Supreme Court order. The former strongman, who is implicated in a treason trial, had sought permission to travel abroad to seek treatment which is not available in Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Parvez
    Dec 20, 2016 - 1:13PM

    Small wonder the Americans did not really trust him…..Recommend

  • Singh
    Dec 20, 2016 - 1:44PM

    Enjoy your stay abroad now, Musharraf Sahib.Recommend

  • abreez
    Dec 20, 2016 - 2:12PM

    I’m looking forward to the day the measure of which is as fifty thousand years; let’s see who’ll help His Royal Highness, ex emperor, there.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Dec 20, 2016 - 3:27PM

    Musharraf was a great leader and only he could save Karachi.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Dec 20, 2016 - 6:49PM

    This reflects badly more on the Judges and the Judicial system than anything else. So the judiciary still follows the commands of the GHQ.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Dec 20, 2016 - 9:10PM

    Well he definitely helped me, I am absolutely clear and grateful.

    Not only the Sharifs but many other conspirators including the army medics assisted the guy to escape the justice for desecration of the Red Mosque.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali khan
    Dec 21, 2016 - 1:18AM

    @BrainBro:
    Not GHQ but Nawaz sharif. Read the article again.Recommend

  • singh
    Dec 21, 2016 - 1:19PM

    Treatment! What treatment? Its a joke.Recommend

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