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Court reserves verdict in Musharraf ECL plea

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has reserved a verdict on plea of former president Pervez Musharraf, seeking removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL) till May 31 (Saturday), ARY News reported.

The SHC divisional bench comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Shahnawaz Tariq heard the case today at the Sindh High Court.

The Attorney General (AG) Afzal Suleman told the court that allowing Musharraf to leave country was highly risky. “His chances to return in the country are too low. Hussain Haqqani left the country and despite numerous summons’ by the court, Haqqani did not return,” he added.

He said Musharraf was indicted in treason case and court now could not grant him any concession.

Musharraf’s counsel Barrister Farogh Naseem, while talking to media, cited the AG as saying that the case was a political one. Mr. Naseem said all proceedings against Musharraf be declared void.

He said AG accepted in the court that case against Musharraf was political crime.

"If AG is admitting the case is political one, then the case no longer stands valid and it should now be disposed of."

“I told the court the chief prosecutor in high treason case Akram Sheikh also confessed that the case against Musharraf was not a treason case,” Naseem told the media.

He said as per medical reports the treatment of Mr. Musharraf was not possible in Pakistan. The former president had bone fracture which requires treatment abroad, he added.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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