Travel restriction: Musharraf appeals to Sindh High Court for early departure

Published: June 13, 2014
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Former president Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: FILE

Former president Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: FILE

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.

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  • Jun 13, 2014 - 1:55PM

    Good move.

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  • Dr.M.M.Khan
    Jun 13, 2014 - 2:25PM

    There are not many instances where the supreme Court has overturned the judgement of the high Court. In this case it would amount to miscarraiage of justice. How can highly qualified judges differ on a simple decision.Recommend

  • Shaikh Mohommad
    Jun 13, 2014 - 2:40PM

    Why is Musharraf fleeing from Pakistan? He should stand, like a commando, and face the music. He should account for all the activities he performed while he forcibly overturned a Government and became Executive, and then President. No law. What he said was the law. Such action is a shame upon the Army who swears to serve the country according to the constitution. Musharraf made the Army a laughing stock of the world.

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  • tss
    Jun 13, 2014 - 2:42PM

    Necessity is the mother of justice (in Pakistan).

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  • zohaib
    Jun 13, 2014 - 3:20PM

    Musharraf should be free to move any where. He is not any criminal like haqqani who will never come backRecommend

  • sohail
    Jun 13, 2014 - 3:26PM

    U kno he aint comin bk!

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  • Dr.M.M.Khan
    Jun 13, 2014 - 4:50PM

    @zohaib:

    Neither Musharraf nor Haqqani are criminals. Most of us who follow international relations understand that the Destiny of Pakistan is decided in Washington and not in Islamabad. Haqqani like Musharraf too served his country well. Just study his CV. He can,t be that bad. He is a poltician turned scholar. I am not a apologist for him but facts should be told.

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  • Mughees
    Jun 13, 2014 - 4:57PM

    @Shaikh Muhammad – Sir to talk bluntly on social network with lame synopsis of yours is easy. Through your statement it seems that you weren’t given any importance from your parents. This solider is a real warrior and he is not afraid of anything but when its a question of one’s mother then things are different. Think realistically if you ever had the sense of parents affection and love. No offense Shaikh Sahab !

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  • sardarzaheer
    Jun 13, 2014 - 7:11PM

    He will comeback the way he came earlier and these coward fabricated cases against him and he will get all of those cleared IA

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  • unbelievable
    Jun 13, 2014 - 7:31PM

    What about the outstanding murder charges against Musharraf? I don’t know any country on the planet that would allow someone facing Murder charges to leave the country.

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  • Burhan
    Jun 13, 2014 - 10:27PM

    People hire lawyers our PM has hired judges.

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