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Plea to remove Musharraf's name from ECL filed

ISLAMABAD: A petition has been submitted with federal interior secretary for removing former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf's name from the exit control list (ECL), ARY News reported on Tuesday. 

The speculations rife last night that the former military ruler is likely to leave the country after a special aircraft of a Gulf country was spotted at an airbase of Rawalpindi.

Musharraf's lawyer Barrister Farogh Nasim has filed a plea with the Interior Ministry to allow him to travel abroad.

Moreover, President Mamnoon Hussain has said that he will follow the recommendation of the Prime Minister if a request for pardon will be submitted to him. 

Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has offered that the ailing mother of Pervez Musharraf can be brought to Pakistan by an air ambulance of the government. 

The special court in its decision on yesterday said that Musharraf has not been in the court’s custody. The court added that removal of Musharraf's name from the exit control list was not its prerogative as it had not ordered for the inclusion of his name in the list.

The court decision meant that it was up to the government to grant or disallow the request put forward by the former president to be allowed to travel abroad to meet his ailing mother.

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