SC upholds SHC decision to remove Musharraf's name from ECL

In June 2014 the federal government challenged the decision of the SHC to remove Musharraf’s name from the ECL


Hasnaat Mailk March 16, 2016
In June 2014 the federal government challenged the decision of the SHC to remove Musharraf’s name from the ECL. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the federal government's two-year-old appeal against the Sindh High Court (SHC) decision to remove former president Pervez Musharraf's name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

In the appeal filed in June 2014, the government had requested to suspend the SHC decision, asking the Supreme Court to stop Musharraf from traveling abroad.

During Wednesday's hearing, a five-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali allowed the federal government and the special court to take independent decisions regarding Musharraf's custody in the high treason trial.

Govt challenges SHC's decision to remove Musharraf's name from ECL

"Take your own decision about this matter," CJP asked attorney general.

The top court said that while it has not put any restrictions on Musharraf's travel abroad, it is for the government to decide whether or not his name should be removed from the ECL.

SHC orders removal of Musharraf's name from ECL

Then army chief Musharraf overthrew Nawaz Sharif-led government in a 1999 coup and ruled Pakistan until 2008 when he stepped down in the face of widespread opposition to his rule.

The Pakistan Muslim League-led government had for long declined to let Musharraf leave the country, saying it was up to the courts to decide.

The former president also faces treason charges for subverting and circumventing the Constitution by imposing emergency on November 3, 2007.

The federal government had placed his name on the ECL, stating he might try to abscond.

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Gp65 | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Let us see if the man who in 2012 said he is not afraid and will face all court cases does so or slinks away to New York to avoid facing the court. @AK Musharraf certainly did not show humanity for the dead or dying. He did not allow anyone to see the dead body of Akbar Bugti or pay respects. He did not allow Nawaz to meet his dying father and he disowned the soldiers who died in Kargill on Musharraf's order - refusing to take the dead bodies back. @curious2: Who has denied him a day in the court? It is Musharraf and his lawyers who are responsible for the delays in getting the trial heard.
saeed | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Babbarsher Khan: Yes, another five years for Sharif brothers. Musharraf may come back to jinnahpur after 7-8 years.
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