Musharraf is allowed to travel abroad for medical treatment: Nisar

Published: March 17, 2016
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KARACHI: The interior minister said on Thursday the government had now formally allowed Pervez Musharraf to travel abroad to receive medical treatment.

“Today lawyers of General Musharraf filed a proper application and in the light of Supreme Court decision, the government has allowed him to go abroad for medical treatment,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali told a press conference on Thursday.

Nisar said Musharraf’s lawyers had given guarantees that he would return to Pakistan after six weeks and that he would appear in court for ongoing cases against him.

“Omitting the former president’s name is a decision taken by the Supreme Court,” he added.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the federal government’s two-year-old appeal against the Sindh High Court decision to remove Musharraf’s name from 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.

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On February 25, Pervez Musharraf went to the apex court, seeking one-time permission to go abroad for medical treatment, saying he required a surgery as soon as possible to avoid serious medical complications.

The retired general was banned from leaving the country in 2013 after he returned to Pakistan on an ill-fated mission to contest elections.

“The verdict was apparently issued on humanitarian grounds after his [Pervez Musharraf] lawyers presented a medical report while also keeping legal aspects in consideration,” interior minister observed.

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In a veiled jibe at Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Nisar said those who bode farewell to the former military ruler with a guard of honour are now criticising government for its inefficiency on the matter.

“Why didn’t the former government indict Pervez Musharraf during their five years of rule and bring him to justice,” interior minister asked.

Nisar said the government established a transparent system of ECL, omitting more than 50,000 names from the black list and 95,000 those persisting for the last 30 years.

We also negated inclusion of a person’s name on grounds of personal enmity and petty issues, since it is a matter of an individual’s integrity, he added.

Musharraf to leave for Dubai

Meanwhile, Musharraf is expected to leave for Dubai.

According to his ticket reservation, the former president will depart from Pakistan at 3:55am Friday.

Sources in the APML said Musharraf’s doctors in Dubai will decide his next destination for further treatment.

He has been feeling acute back pain for last one week and was taken to hospital twice.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • quatro
    Mar 17, 2016 - 8:14PM

    Gutless wonder – applies to both govt and judiciary. If you were going to let him go – why now vs two years ago?Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Mar 17, 2016 - 8:28PM

    Good going. One less headache for the nawaz government.Recommend

  • sabi
    Mar 17, 2016 - 9:01PM

    End of coward commando who ruined Pakistan.
    He will not come back but on Facebook. Recommend

  • Dr.M.M. Khan
    Mar 17, 2016 - 9:14PM


    You served te country with distinction both as a soldier and as a president. But this country was not ripe for your “enlightened moderation”. Please leave the country for treatment of whatever ails you. We know you might not return but rest assured you are leaving behind many who still admire you. Bon Voyage.

    The judiciary and the Govt. is to be congratulated the way this sad chapter has been brought to a close..Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Mar 17, 2016 - 9:40PM

    Congrats Mushaff sir you are finally able to go abroad for treatment. I hope you will be treated and get well soon and return to Pakistan to face the fake cases. I pray for your success and running in the 2018 elections. Musharraf zindabad.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Mar 17, 2016 - 9:41PM

    That is a sensible decision.Recommend

  • curious2
    Mar 17, 2016 - 10:49PM

    The guy is on trial for murder and treason – any other country would have him locked in jail – Pakistan allows him to leave the country. Makes no sense to me.Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Mar 18, 2016 - 1:14AM

    Nisar said Musharraf’s lawyers had given guarantees that he would return to Pakistan after six weeks

    And if he really believes that, he should have his head examinedRecommend

    Mar 18, 2016 - 2:01AM

    Musharraf let Nawaz family come back at Saudi kings order,Now Nawaz let go Musharraf go on Saudi kings orders.No big deal,Recommend

  • kahloon
    Mar 18, 2016 - 10:05AM

    Mr nisar you have sink pml n by announcing the lifting of travel ban on Musharraf and please dont join pti to sink too and one thing is more clear that in Pakistan everything is disgrace able and countable except generals if government has been dictated by some one then we have to rethink the creation of Pakistan, its Kashmir cause and how much more cast we have to pay more to these two things because one political leader was hanged one was forced to leave Pakistan for more then decade judges has been disgraced media people has been disgraced usual people has been disgraced businessmen has been disgraced and in this country law is for poor only generals are superior human being in Pakistan and are not obedient to law i am shameful being pakistani Recommend

  • Humza
    Mar 21, 2016 - 6:25AM

    @Dr.M.M. Khan: Tell me what kind of urgent medical treatment this coward needs abroad? Musharraf was the worst type of coward who ruled with impunity for nearly a decade. He deserves to be charged with treason but this joker is above the law? Sorry no amount of medical or expert psychiatric care he will get abroad is going to help his criminal mind. His treatment belongs in a jail cell.Recommend

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