SHC issues notices over Musharraf ECL petition

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued notices to the interior secretary and DG FIA on a petition filed for the removal of Pervez Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL), asking them to file their replies by April 23 (tomorrow).
While issuing the notices the court remarked that it cannot give a one-sided decision. Barrister Farogh Nasim, counsel for Musharraf, filed the petition seeking removal of the former military ruler’s name from the ECL, before a two-member bench of the SHC, which was led by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar. Nasim took the plea that the special court conducting the high treason trial of Musharraf had maintained that he has not been arrested and can move freely. 
He said that on the basis of this decision an application was sent to the interior secretary on April 2 for the removal of Musharraf’s name from the ECL, but it was rejected. The counsel requested the court to set aside the Ministry of Interior’s April 5, 2013, and April 2, 2014, decision related to the ECL, and allow Musharraf to go abroad so that he could visit his ailing mother. He also requested the court that the hearing of the petition be held on an emergency basis.
Talking to newsmen earlier, Barrister Nasim said that on March 31 this year the SC had allowed Musharraf to go abroad for his treatment. The court had remarked that keeping or removing Musharraf’s name on the ECL was in the domain of the government. To a question on arrival of Musharraf in Karachi, he said the country is for everyone and Musharraf can go anywhere. Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, who headed the division bench of the SHC, directed the federal law officer to submit comments in the petition and adjourned the hearing of the case until tomorrow. 

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