SC or­ders re­moval of Mushar­raf's name from ECL

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Dis­miss­ing the fed­eral govern­ment's ap­peal, the Supreme Court of Pak­istan on Thurs­day al­lowed for­mer mil­i­tary ruler Pervez Mushar­raf to go abroad. The apex court up­held the Sindh High Court (SHC) ver­dict re­gard­ing re­moval of Mushar­raf's name from the exit con­trol list (ECL).

In a short ver­dict, Chief Jus­tice An­war Za­heer Ja­mali an­nounced that the govern­ment's ap­peal had been dis­missed. But he said the govern­ment or a sep­a­rate court could tech­ni­cally pass a fresh travel ban if they pro­vided valid rea­sons.

Faisal Hus­sain, one of Mushar­raf's lawyers, wel­comed the ver­dict. "He can leave any time any time now -- there is no im­ped­i­ment or hur­dle," he said. He said Mushar­raf needs to go abroad for ur­gent spinal treat­ment not avail­able in Pak­istan.

The high court on June 12, 2014 had or­dered that the name of for­mer pres­i­dent should be re­moved from the ECL.

The fed­eral govern­ment had ap­pealed against the SHC's de­ci­sion to lift a travel ban which had briefly raised spec­u­la­tion that the 70-year-old could es­cape from a se­ries of le­gal woes.

Op­po­nents see the move as a ruse to flee the coun­try and avoid a se­ries of cases dat­ing back to his 1999-2008 rule. Th­ese in­clude an in­dict­ment for trea­son over his im­po­si­tion of emer­gency rule in 2007, a his­toric first in a coun­try ruled for half its ex­is­tence by the mil­i­tary.

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