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Pakistan

Web Desk
March 17, 2016
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Musharraf allowed to travel abroad

Musharraf allowed to travel abroad

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said the government has permitted Pervez Musharraf to travel abroad in the light of Supreme Court orders.

Speaking at a press conference, the minister rejected criticism for removing the name of former military dictator from the Exit Control List (ECL).

He said the government could have removed Musharraf’s name from the ECL after the orders of trial court and then the Sindh High Court. But, he said, the government challenged the orders in the Supreme Court.

“Supreme Court’s decision should be acceptable to all, and the Attorney General of Pakistan didn’t commit a sin by saying the same thing,” he said.

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He said Musharraf’s name was on ECL for the last two years and the prevailing government opposed removal of his name from the list.

He said those who bade farewell to Pervez Musharrad, accorded him guard of honor, and gave him safe passage are now criticizing the government which initiated the treason case on the orders of Supreme Court against him, an obvious reference to Pakistan People’s Party.

The minister said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had no personal enmity with the former president as he had pardoned him for the wrongs he had done to him.

He said Pervez Musharraf was facing treason case for imposing emergency. “The emergency was not imposed on us. It was against judiciary as judges were arrested after it was declared,” he said.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the lawyers of the former military dictator had assured the Supreme Court that their client would return to the country and would face the cases in courts. He said Musharraf was allowed to travel abroad on humanitarian basis.

 

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