KARACHI: Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has filed a petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) requesting permission to leave the country at the earliest, Express News reported on Friday.
On June 12, the Sindh High Court (SHC) had ordered the removal of Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) but had suspended this order for around two weeks giving the federal government time to appeal against the decision before the Supreme Court.
The order will be enforced in 15 days in case the government fails to make an appeal by then.
Musharraf’s lawyer Farogh Naseem appealed to the court today to allow the former president to leave the country at the earliest to visit his ailing mother.
Naseem, while speaking to the media, said that he hopes SHC makes the decision regarding Musharraf’s early departure by tomorrow as his mother’s health is deteriorating. He further ensured that the former president is not running away from the country and will return.
Earlier, The Express Tribune had also learnt through Musharraf’s Islamabad based counsel Chaudhry Faisal Hussain that the former president was seeking early departure. Hussain said that he had received a letter from Musharraf to be submitted to the interior secretary’s office seeking permission to leave the country in view of the SHC’s judgment.
2007 emergency record
Also on Friday, Express News reported that Musharraf’s plea to the special court seeking additional documents related to the 2007 emergency has been rejected as premature.
Earlier, Musharraf’s legal team including Dr Farogh Naseem had filed an application seeking additional documents including minutes of the 44th session of the National Assembly, held on November 7, 2007, which had endorsed emergency rule in the county.
Akram Sheikh, the chief prosecutor, informed the special court that the record of the investigation conducted by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had already been handed to Musharraf’s legal team. Although his request for copies of several notifications has been rejected now, they may later be released to him during the hearings.