The Supreme Court on Thursday decided to hear former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s plea, seeking permission to go abroad for medical treatment, early next week.
The application, wherein he promises to return after his treatment, is expected to be heard by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, has been fixed for hearing on March 15.
Musharraf, who has been summoned by the special court on March 31 to record his statement in the high treason case, has been listed on the Exit Control List since 2014. On June 23, 2014, the apex court had suspended a Sindh High Court ruling to remove Musharraf’s name from the travel ban list, though a final order in the matter has yet to be issued.
The former president, 72, has been afflicted with back pain for some time now.
A private medical board comprising top neurology and orthopaedic surgeons of Karachi had confirmed in a report on April 4, 2014 that one of Musharraf’s vertebrae was fractured.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2016.