Musharraf ECL case: Govt files appeal against SHC order

ISLAMABAD - The federal government on Saturday has filed an appeal against Sindh High Court’s order of removing the name of former president Pervez Musharraf from the Exit Control List.

The appeal was filed at the Supreme Court of Pakistan by deputy attorney general on behalf of the federal government. The federal government has prayed before the court that Musharraf should not be allowed to travel abroad until disposal of cases against the former military ruler. It has also prayed that SHC’s order in this regard should be declared null and void.

It is pertinent to mention that SHC on Thursday ordered removal of Musharraf’s name from government’s no fly list. A two-member bench comprising Justice Shahnwaz Tariq and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar in its brief ruling had said that the federal government can file an appeal against the ruling within 15 days; therefore, the decision will be effective after 15 days.

Musharraf had filed an appeal in the SHC seeking removal of travel ban to visit his ailing mother in Dubai and get treatment abroad; however, the federal government has refused to allow him, on the grounds that he is facing treason charges. The 70-year-old Musharraf was indicted in March on charges relating to his imposition of emergency rule in late 2007.

The ex-general, who seized power in 1999 and resigned in 2008, has pleaded "not guilty" to the charges. 

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