Interior Ministry still mulling how to deal with Musharraf

* Ex-dictator’s name will immediately be removed from ECL once cleared by courts

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry is working on a way to ‘get rid of Musharraf’, besides fulfilling all legal and constitutional requirements to take off the name of the former army chief from the Exit Control List (ECL) on an hour’s notice.
A highly placed source confirmed to Daily Times that after getting the directives from a senior official at the Prime Minister’s House, the name of the former dictator would immediately be removed from the ECL once cleared by the courts. However, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Danyal Gilani, showed ignorance about the issue. “I would not be able to confirm this meeting,” he said.
The source claimed that the federal government would uphold the supremacy of the constitution in all circumstances. 
There was an independent judiciary in the country and the government respected its every decision regarding Musharraf, Gilani said. “It is a wrong perception that the Nawaz government wants to involve Musharraf in any other case,” he said.
According to sources, a meeting reviewed the former president’s request for removal of his name from the ECL. They said that after lengthy consultations on Musharraf’s exile, some PML-N leaders suggested that the government should move towards resolving the issue instead of further complicating it. 
The ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ members of Nawaz Sharif were of the opinion that if the government allowed Musharraf to travel abroad, it would give the impression that it has entered into a deal with the former president on the pattern of the NRO and closed the matter of his high treason trial. 
Some key ministers, however, advised the prime minister that if a high court or the Supreme Court granted permission to Musharraf to leave the country, the move should not be resisted, sources added. 
It may be mentioned here that the three-member special court hearing the treason case against Musharraf rejected his application, advising him to approach the federal government to seek the removal of his name from the ECL. 
The court said it had no jurisdiction to bar Musharraf from leaving the country, as he was not under arrest.

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