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Plea in Pak SC to lift travel ban on Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad: A petition was today filed in Pakistan's Supreme Court seeking the lifting of a travel ban on former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to allow him to visit his ailing mother in the UAE.

An independent lawyer filed the petition requesting the court it to remove the name of Musharraf from the country's Exit Control List (ECL) to allow the former president to visit his 95-year-old mother in Sharjah.

 Plea in Pak SC to lift travel ban on Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf. Reuters

But Musharraf's legal team distanced itself from the petition saying that the lawyer Shah Jahan was not connected to them.

The petition stated that Musharraf, 70, wanted to visit his mother and so his name should be removed from the ECL.

It said the court should deliver justice and allow the ex-army chief to travel abroad.

"The lawyer does not represents us. The petition has been made just to gain media publicity," a source in Musharraf's legal team told PTI.

Sources added that Musharraf's lawyers are yet to finalise their next move.

On 29 March, it was reported that Musharraf's mother, Zahra, who has been ill for some time now, was shifted from Dubai to Sharjah's W Wilson hospital after her condition suddenly worsened.

The government had responded to Musharraf's request to remove his travel restrictions with an ambiguously worded communique yesterday shifting the burden of responsibility on the courts.

The interior ministry had informed Musharraf that the government was "unable to accede to his request" of removing his name from the ECL "on the basis of record pronouncements of the superior courts".

Any person whose name is on the ECL is not allowed to leave the country without prior permission.

Since his return to Pakistan from self-exile in March last year, Musharraf has faced prosecution in four major cases, including for his alleged involvement in the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti in 2006.


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Updated Date: Apr 03, 2014 19:56:06 IST