Nawaz meets top military brass amid Musharraf departure

Published: March 18, 2016


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday met with top military leaders to discuss the country’s external and internal security situation. However, according to sources, the meeting also addressed the controversial departure of Pervez Musharraf.

“The military brass appreciated the role played by PM Nawaz and federal ministers for removing the former military dictator’s name from the Exit Control List,” a source in the federal government told The Express Tribune.

Musharraf departs for Dubai after travel ban lifted

Former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf flew to Dubai early Friday for what his lawyers said was an urgent spinal cord related issue after a three-year travel ban was lifted on Thursday.

“I personally pardoned Musharraf,” the premier was quoted as saying regarding the leader who overthrew his government in 1999.

The source credited Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar as the man who steered the government’s decision to lift the travel ban on Musharraf. “Chaudhry Nisar played an active role.”

“Nisar not only convinced the premier but also ensured the civil, military leadership were on the same page while dealing with the Musharraf case amicably,” he added.

Musharraf free to fly away

“Although there’s much dissent within the ruling party on Musharraf issue but PM Nawaz will handle it,” the source further said.

The PM House confirmed the meeting but did not delve into details. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday chaired a meeting to discuss the external and internal security situation of the country at the PM House in Islamabad,” the statement read.

The meeting was officially convened to discuss the recent bus attack in Peshawar and the progress in the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb, it added.

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

All officials in attendance condemned the attack on a bus which killed 15 and injured several others. While it was noted that Operation Zarb-e-Azb has made significant gains, the participants reaffirmed their resolve to eradicate terrorism and extremism from the country.

Musharraf boarded an Emirates flight bound for Dubai that departed from Karachi airport at 3.55 am. Musharraf was banned from leaving Pakistan in March 2013 after he returned to the country on an ill-fated mission to contest elections. The former ruler was barred from taking part in the polls and instead faces a barrage of legal cases.

On Thursday, the government agreed to strike Musharraf’s name off the no-fly list. A day earlier, the top court declared the ex-president could travel abroad.

“The government has decided to allow Musharraf to travel abroad for medical treatment. He [Musharraf] has also committed that he will face all cases against him in court,” the interior minister announced on Thursday at a news conference.

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

Chaudhry Nisar said the government was removing the retired general’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) under the directives of the Supreme Court.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Last Man Alive
    Mar 18, 2016 - 3:37PM

    Generals are more sacred than this country and its lawsRecommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 18, 2016 - 3:39PM

    Good see President Musharraf freed from the captivity of these criminals. I’m glad that finally our loyal military came forward and rescued a soldier of soldiers captured and incarcerated in the name of rule and laws to take vendetta. Long live President M u Musharraf.Recommend

  • Dr.M.M. Khan
    Mar 18, 2016 - 3:45PM

    Dear PM .Thank you for making a wise decision which the ARMY appreciated. But what did you PARDON hin for?Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 18, 2016 - 4:10PM

    @Dr.M.M. Khan:
    Dear PM .Thank you for making a wise decision which the ARMY appreciated,

    It was not the PM Sir but the army Generals decision to let the indicted former collegue fly away while the judiciary sort out their deliberations.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Ashfaq1
    Mar 18, 2016 - 4:43PM

    Now the army will let Nawaz Sharif proceed with his India policyRecommend

  • real truth
    Mar 18, 2016 - 5:00PM

    @Uza Syed: here we have another slave singing praises of a dictator who trampled the rule of law, jailed the PM of Pakistan but acted as a slave to Bush! Ignorance at its worst!Recommend

  • real truth
    Mar 18, 2016 - 5:07PM

    @Dr.M.M. Khan: Pardoned him for his crimes against Pakistan! Please wake up from your slumber, enough of ignoraNce! What right did Mush have to overthrow a dem govt? Let me educate you: that was a crime + dozens of other crimes incl the chaos and terrorism that he caused in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 18, 2016 - 5:10PM

    A victory for for both sides. Now NAB, Mullahs and Imran Khan will shut up. Only Mustafa Kamal drama will continue for sometime.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 18, 2016 - 5:47PM

    Black day for democracyRecommend

  • excalibur
    Mar 18, 2016 - 6:49PM

    @real truth:

    Pseudo truth Musharraf has no case to answer. NS cowardly tried to stab Musharraf in the back by hijacking the PIA flight and forcing it to land even in India

    The Army reacted quite rightly and NS then ran away to KSA to escape punishment

    All cases are politically motivated and will die their own death
    Musharraf remains the pride of PakistanRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 18, 2016 - 7:18PM

    As if he had a choice !Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Mar 18, 2016 - 7:20PM

    @real truth:

    he didnt overthrow any gov’t…his plane was hijacked and he was improperly removed from his office. that is not how democracy works. the army responded. atleast learn the facts..Recommend

  • Rawalpindi Kid
    Mar 18, 2016 - 7:30PM

    Those crowing about Musharraf overthrowing a democratically elected government forget that govt has looted Pakistan dry, broken the constitution by denying the citizens their right to local elections, and bankrupted Pakistan leaving in huge debts that the country cannot repay because the lack of policies and governance produced static or declining economy. Musharraf was 1000 times better. We should follow Singapore’s example of governance because the corrupt politicians will only loot Pakistan, nothing else! Besides Musharraf’s overthrow of Nawaz Sharif was validated by the Supreme Court so there is no crime to be prosecuted or forgiven.Recommend

  • Musharaf
    Mar 18, 2016 - 7:43PM

    Musharraf is the best thing ever happened to this nation.Recommend

  • curious2
    Mar 18, 2016 - 8:08PM

    Why no public criticism of this decision from the opposition parties? Seems everyone is equally intimidated by the military .. and until that is “fixed” Pakistan will continue to be viewed as a 3rd World Country.Recommend

  • Peace
    Mar 18, 2016 - 8:09PM

    Life was better in his era for common man. Democracy is just turns between PPP and PMNL to loot the country.Recommend

  • Bundle of lies
    Mar 18, 2016 - 8:31PM

    @real truth: You can take your democrazy of corruption and shove upon yourself as you please. This is the democrazy of a majority of dumb sheeple with the rest being morally crooked human trash. With the final blow being in the form of corrupt votes.

    Sure the idiots and the corrupt are happy with it since all they care for is their personal gains, yet they fail to see the personal gains will net them nothing in the long-run. Being stuck in a failed state with no other country to accept you peasants will be the ultimate fate.Recommend

  • Unknown
    Mar 18, 2016 - 8:45PM

    @real truth:

    Who is this bld guy to pardon Musharraf for crime against Pakistan. If these are crimes against Pakistan then Noora is equally responsible for Musharaf’s departure Recommend

  • Hasan Viqar
    Mar 18, 2016 - 8:51PM

    Holding Musharraf under house arrest was unjustified and was plain political vandetta. Nawaz sharif should have been thankful about being allowed to return from Saudi ArabiaRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 18, 2016 - 8:58PM

    Musharraf is one of the best leader Pakistan has ever seen. He is a patriotic soldier who has always tried to do best for Pakistan. I think he deserves more respect from his country. Even when he was overseas where he could live freely he chose to return because of his love for the motherland.Recommend

  • Gaz
    Mar 18, 2016 - 9:17PM

    @real truth: if we are going to educate people then let me educate you, the NS government at the time had raided the Supreme Court sacked a president sacked another army general ordered pull back of troops from Kargil while standing next to American president in Washington and brought economy to its knees read up on you history and don’t spent your whole life being ignorant of facts.Recommend

  • bigsaf
    Mar 18, 2016 - 10:17PM

    Lawless nation that works only on the whims of the powerful…Recommend

  • Zahid
    Mar 19, 2016 - 2:46AM

    Only good thing PM did since he is in power Thank you army chiefRecommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 19, 2016 - 6:16AM

    @real truth: Slave?! Would rather be slave than brain dead. Frankly, it’s stupidity at its worst to accept this fakery for democracy or the bunch of thugs for democrats. President Musharraf, in my view, committed just one crime which is leaving this dirt for us to clean instead of doing a through cleaning while he had the opportunity.Recommend

  • Xnain
    Mar 19, 2016 - 7:48AM

    And perhaps that’s why he ran away using back pain as an excuse but started the political activities the time he touched down in UAE. And perhaps that’s why he refused to furnish a written affidavit that he would return to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Talha
    Mar 19, 2016 - 1:22PM

    @real truth:
    he wasn’t slave to bush, he was just not powerful enough to fight back on his own. But since he silently gave china the authority to construct gwadar port back in 2002, of which phase I was completed in 2005-06 now we have cpec and soon israeli and american influence will diminish. He couldn’t stop them then but he did something to help future leaders. Besides, in 1999, it was very foolish of nawaz to fire him whilst hes out of country and then try to make his plane crash by blocking the runway at karachi airport. It was childish. nawaz was and is an idiot and he got what he deserved. consider reading in the line of fire, it explains all. Recommend

  • Lohaar Sharif
    Mar 20, 2016 - 4:42PM

    Despite of being a dictator, he was way better than this Idiot. Smart, intelligent, eloquent, articulate and spent time most of his time in his own country.. Recommend

  • M. Faizan Farooq Khan
    Mar 21, 2016 - 3:12AM

    Typical Nawaz Sharif. After the Musharraf departure he wants to cut deals and ensure his continued stay in the PM House. However his house of cards shall soon fall under his buffoonery, incompetence and corruption. Recommend

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