NRO case: Lawyer requests SC not to make Musharraf’s medical report public
ISLAMABAD: The legal counsel of former president Pervez Musharraf submitted the medical report of his client in the Supreme Court on Thursday while further requesting the top judge not to disclose the medical report of former military ruler.
The apex court took up the case of huge monetary loss due to promulgation of National Reconciliation Order (NRO). The counsel of General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf stated that his client is ready to return to Pakistan on the Supreme Court’s direction, however, he is looking forward to have a permission to meet his doctors upon his return.
Pleading the Chief Justice Saqib Nisar to not publicize the medical report of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief, the defense lawyer further requested to remove Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL).
The supreme judge remarked that Dubai is not an ideal country from the medical aspect, even Pakistan provides better treatment, thus Musharraf should be back and record his statement, adding that the ex-military dictator may request to call off his travel ban once he is in Pakistan.
Ensuring the counsel, the chief justice said that Musharraf may come on next Monday and nobody will arrest him.
“Musharraf went abroad for treatment with the permission of the [then] government, I want to clarify that he did not leave on the order of judiciary,” Justice Saqib stressed.
Petitioner Feroz Shah Gilani filed a petition in the Supreme Court nominating Pervez Musharraf, Asif Ali Zardari and former attorney general Malik Abdul Qayyum as respondents in the case.
The petitioner appealed that apex court should recover ‘huge amount of public money’ embezzled by the respondents through unlawful means ‘already on record in different judgments of the Supreme Court and high courts’.
The petition held Musharraf accountable for subverting the Constitution and promulgating the NRO through which criminal and corruption cases against politicians were ‘arbitrarily withdrawn’ causing massive financial losses to the national exchequer.