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

Published: June 14, 2014
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Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has challenged the decision of the Sindh High Court (SHC) to remove former president Pervez Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) in the Supreme Court.

A bench of the apex court will take up this case on June 16 on the request of the federal government.

In the appeal, the government has requested to suspend the SHC’s decision. It has asked the Supreme Court to stop Musharraf from traveling abroad.

The federation insisted that Musharraf will not return to Pakistan once he leaves the country, which will bring his trial, which is at an advanced stage, to a standstill.

On June 12, the SHC had ordered the removal of Musharraf’s name from the ECL but had suspended this order for around two weeks, giving the federal government time to appeal against the decision before the Supreme Court.

Following the high court’s order, Musharraf filed a petition in the SHC requesting permission to leave the country at the earliest to visit his ailing mother.

However, the petition reads that the federal government offered to fly in Musharraf’s mother from the UAE, but the former president refused as he wants to avoid the trial and leave the country.

It further states,  “It is further prayed that during the pendency of the instant petition the impugned judgment may kindly be suspended and the name of the respondent may kindly continue to remain on the ECL and he may be restrained from going abroad without the permission of this honorable court.”

The former president is involved in 12 cases and 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.

Facts

The federal government’s petition also mentioned instances regarding Musharraf’s conduct to convince the court to not allow him to travel abroad. These facts were similar to the ones stated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on many occasions against the former president.

The respondent is a former chief of army staff and, thus, is responsible for the overthrow of an elected government on October 12, 1999 and for imposing martial law in the country.

Subsequently, he took office as president of Pakistan by removing a lawfully-elected president, Muhammad Rafique Tarrar. Later on, the respondent got himself elected as president of Pakistan from a parliament that was elected through general elections held in 2002-2003.

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Reader Comments (47)

  • Wali
    Jun 14, 2014 - 11:33AM

    This decision at a time, when the government had a great opportunity to let it go and move to more pressing matters, speaks volumes of the sheer stupidity and/or the state of the mind of NS… By continuing on the path of confrontation NS is proving all the people right who say he has learnt nothing after his 2 precious spells and the long hiatus.

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  • Thinker
    Jun 14, 2014 - 11:43AM

    Shame on Mian Nawaz Shareef!!! It shows how low morality he possesses.. Don’t be surprised if this case goes to Anti-Musharraf Judges in Supreme Court..

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  • Abid
    Jun 14, 2014 - 11:46AM

    This government is mad. Musharraf is a true patriotic soldier.

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  • Billa;
    Jun 14, 2014 - 11:56AM

    Pakistan is the exemplary failed state in the entire history of the world. And the credit of its Nation and State failure goes to Army. The army, agencies and institutes has fail the Pakistan. They destroyed Pakistan, Afghanistan and peace and stability in the regions for decades. Today the region and country and nation in the worst crisis and disasters is just because of army and agencies. Bombing innocent people, earning dollars, target killings, torturing, kidnapping, suppression, trading, smuggling, human trafficking, ethnic and sectarian division and using innocent young and immature kids for own agenda against both foe and friends are the main characteristics of army and its agencies.

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  • Abdullah
    Jun 14, 2014 - 12:03PM

    Good decision by the government. He should not get an easy access out of the country. He has to answer for the attrocities commited upon the nation.

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  • Aftab Khan
    Jun 14, 2014 - 12:05PM

    This is Cat and Mouse game going on since MR. Musharraf came to Pakistan . All the cases are all Political vanditta . This Guy has done nothing wrong before the majoraty of Pakistan . MR Shareef NL is after him.. He should be allowed to leave Immiditlly to see his Ailing Mom .

    ZEE KHAN

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  • Karachiwala
    Jun 14, 2014 - 1:00PM

    Personal vendetta

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  • Humayun
    Jun 14, 2014 - 1:07PM

    GOP – please have mercy on the Taxpayers and citizens of this country. For me, inflation, power shortage and power rates, jobs, law & order, social and physical security are more important and relevant at the moment.

    You collect direct and indirect taxes from us but fail to provide health, education and social security on top of Paki passport sliding in its international acceptability.

    Also stop flirting with undependable extremist Modi just because it suits your business interests, I suppose

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 14, 2014 - 1:17PM

    Its a test for the government for it is under extreme pressure by the security establishment and by extension its proxies like IK, Tully, Qadri and Chaudries. But the government should make sure that no matter what happens, Musharraf should not be let go at any cost.

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  • Max
    Jun 14, 2014 - 1:22PM

    Please let him go since Pakistan doesn’t deserve this hero. PML-N crying over Musharaf trail and PTI crying over their lost victory, while terrorists are bombing airports. What stupid politics

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  • A-No.1
    Jun 14, 2014 - 1:41PM

    Death wish of PMLN and particularly NS and family.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 14, 2014 - 1:54PM

    To the mutual trolls of Deen-e-Imrani and Mr. Musharraf – If Musharraf hasn’t done anything wrong, what exactly is the issue then? He should proudly face the courts and let due process and justice exonerate him honorably. People calling this vendetta, had it been the case the special courts would have dispensed speedy justice a long time ago and Musharraf would either be wilting in a dungeon at Attock Fort or would have been sentenced to death by now.

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  • Waseem
    Jun 14, 2014 - 2:07PM

    Basically it could be a turning point for govt.; if they let him go everything will slip swiftly from their hand. It is a game of power whosoever will show prowess will win. ‘Hai Jurm-e-Zaifee ki Saza Marg-e-mafajat!”

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  • hmm
    Jun 14, 2014 - 2:23PM

    useless to pursue Musharaf when Pakistan is currently embroiled in ton of other important issues! will we get electricity, jobs, peace of mind etc if we convict Musharaf? I DON’T THINK SO! selective justice will never work. Until there is good governance & rule of law is imposed on everyone, this move makes no sense at all.

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  • Jun 14, 2014 - 2:25PM

    Nawazullah and his brother Shahbazullah have lost it. They have
    no creditability. This a very bad decision.

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 14, 2014 - 2:32PM

    @Abdullah:
    @Adnan Siddiqi:

    The clout surrounding Nawaz Sharif should recall the time when their beloved leader was whisked away to the Holy land and he later had the audacity to deny any existence of any agreement until the Saudi Intelligence chief came in person and waved the paper for all to see. Hypocrisy personified.

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  • Jun 14, 2014 - 2:36PM

    By this decision, i think the government put its hands into the snake hole.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 14, 2014 - 3:01PM

    When all the actors in this drama arepainfully inept……..the result we see unfolding is shoddy theatre and all the audience, those who still are watching want, is for the curtain to fall.

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  • Arshad
    Jun 14, 2014 - 3:03PM

    Nawaz Shareef should move on. Do something for the people of Pakistan. By punishing Gen. Mushraf what he is going to achieve, nobody is paragon of virtue in Pakistan.

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  • antanu antanug@gmail.com
    Jun 14, 2014 - 3:04PM

    @Abdullah:
    please name some of the atrocities Mr. Abdullah?

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  • student
    Jun 14, 2014 - 3:12PM

    Again I wish to see1999.but this time i wish to see NS in local lockup

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  • Muhammad
    Jun 14, 2014 - 3:31PM

    its not matter of being in ECL or not, most officials and politicians are offered good in return for yelling, the communities must resolve their issues with their counter parts instead of yelling and gaining sympathies, politicians must not exploit these situation to polish instead they must concentrate on their obligations instead of blaming institutions and countries, matters of a true investigation by sensible and responsible individuals not a media or public matter, some nations are in habit of prolonging issues without updating laws and procedures necessary for the time and through filth and blame on others, puppets of sponsors.

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  • ahmed
    Jun 14, 2014 - 4:02PM

    So fight is imminent.

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  • Blithe
    Jun 14, 2014 - 4:14PM

    Excellent decision!

    He should be treated like any criminal who broke the constitution.

    Who is Musharraf? Is he above the law??? Why should go abroad?

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  • Kay
    Jun 14, 2014 - 4:16PM

    The last episode of the popular serial NRO 3. Musharaf will be cleansed by all courts including the supreme court (although as per an agreement). All will live happily there after.

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  • sunny
    Jun 14, 2014 - 4:27PM

    As it is said in urdu “Rassi jal gaye par bal na gaye” is absloutely true here!

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  • javaid
    Jun 14, 2014 - 4:32PM

    musharf was great n brave pakistani,

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  • Merchant
    Jun 14, 2014 - 4:34PM

    I was never a Musharaf’s supporter but having seen the 2 most corrupt political leaders ie Nawaz and Zardari, I now feel that Musharaf must have done something right that these corrupt politicians did not like. Also the comments in this and other forums are generally very supportive of Musharaf. So I am a convert and support Musharaf to kick these corrupt politicians out of our country.

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  • jun
    Jun 14, 2014 - 4:35PM

    a reason behind so many terror attacks and killing of PML-N leaders around the country

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  • Waseem
    Jun 14, 2014 - 5:03PM

    So Nawaz is failing to learn from his past mistakes and willing to go for another fiesta. Don’t cry when it will hurt.

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  • Careful reader
    Jun 14, 2014 - 5:24PM

    Nawaz sharif ‘s political madness cannot be described in words.

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  • Abdullah
    Jun 14, 2014 - 6:09PM

    @antanu

    I can mention someone: Akbar Bugti murder, Laal Masjid Operation, Crime against Baluchis, Dr Aafia Siddiqui ++++++++

    And offcourse breaking the constitution, twice.

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  • zafar
    Jun 14, 2014 - 6:45PM

    @Abid:
    REALLY? THEN SHAME FOR CIVILIAN GOVT.

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  • Arif Jan Sherpao
    Jun 14, 2014 - 7:05PM

    In my humble opinion the government made the right decision by going to the Supreme Court against SHC order. This should give the judicial system a chance to prove to the common Pakistani that the law is not only for the poor & weak.

    If Musharraf & his well wishers think he is innocent he should face the trials & prove to the world that he is a commando, brave & believe in the judicial system of justice of the country he ruled for 8 years. He will be a hero if he faces the trial & a cowered if he fleas. I hope he chooses to stay & be a man & prove to the world that he is brave soldier & commander of one of the finest armed forces in the world. This would be his great service to the great Army of Pakistan.

    May Allah almighty keeps Pakistan safe, peaceful & prosperous!!!
    Amin summa Amin.

    Arif Jan Sherpao

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  • Ashraf
    Jun 14, 2014 - 7:26PM

    If the army is not put in its place, it will be curtains for Pakistan.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 14, 2014 - 7:46PM

    @Arif Jan Sherpao:

    Be careful with your statements sir, they give the impression that mr Parvez may not be the only one who has lost touch with the reality, especially when you are calling him a brave soldier & commander of one of the finest armed forcesin the world

    Rex Minor

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  • unbelievable
    Jun 14, 2014 - 7:49PM

    If you started the trial back when he was arrested the question of bail would be mute. Never too late – stop the drama and start the trial.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 14, 2014 - 7:51PM

    I request SC to show some mercy towards this coward. There is no point to punish a person who cannot stand up like a man.

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  • Jun 14, 2014 - 8:12PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Did he turn you down for a job? Why so much hate?

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  • Afraid
    Jun 14, 2014 - 8:33PM

    Man, Musharraf should man-up and face the charges rather than flee.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 14, 2014 - 9:31PM

    @Kaghan

    No one hates the General, but why can’t he not go to his Estate in Isanimabad and let the judiciary and your advocates sock it out! After all he did come on his own to clear his name of any wrong doing?

    Rex Minor

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  • Arif Jan Sherpao
    Jun 14, 2014 - 9:56PM

    @Rex Minor:

    I meant in my statement that he needs to prove to the world that he is a brave commando like he pretended while in power….. He needs to prove it by facing the trials like a man.
    God forbid if I would call a coward brave commando until he is proven to be one!!!

    Cheers….

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  • Zaida P
    Jun 15, 2014 - 7:16AM

    Mushy said that he was coming to Pakistan to save it. Why does he want to go now?? Has he finished saving it? Why didn’t the army give the same option to Mr.Bhutto?

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  • Shahid
    Jun 15, 2014 - 9:16AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi: and all anti musharraf
    What would you do if supreme court rules that his name on exit control list is illegal.

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  • Jamil
    Jun 15, 2014 - 9:33AM

    What else one could expect from such a biased and corrupt Govt?

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  • Ahmed Saeed
    Jun 15, 2014 - 11:44AM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Very true. But do you really expect justice from any court in Pakistan. Its not UK or US.

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  • Zaka
    Jun 15, 2014 - 9:26PM

    Miss Musharraf era of peace and prosperity.

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