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Special court rejects Musharraf’s plea to go abroad

ISLAMABAD: The Special court, hearing treason case against Pervez Musharraf, rejected the plea of the former president to leave the country to see his ailing mother in Dubai, ARY News reported Monday.

The Special Court observed it had not enlisted Musharraf’s name in the Exit Control List (ECL). The court said Mr. Musharraf could now contact a relevant forum (i.e: Interior Ministry) to get his name removed from the ECL or seek permission to go abroad.

The court said it did not impose ban on Musharraf from travelling abroad. Federal government is the appropriate authority to remove Musharraf's name from the ECL, maintained the Special Court.

Moreover, the former president has been exempted from further appearances before the court.

Earlier today, the special court had indicted the former president and chief of Army Staff in a treason case.

A three member bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab of Sindh High Court heard the treason case against the former military ruler of Pakistan.

The court remarked that Pervez Musharraf abrogated the constitution after imposing emergency in the country in November 2007. Musharraf refused to accept the charges against him. 

"I would like to ask where is the justice for me in the Islamic republic of Pakistan … I have only given to this country and not taken anything," Musharraf said. "I prefer death to surrender."

The former military ruler had appointed Barrister Farogh Naseem as defence counsel for the hearing  as other lawyers of Musharraf had bycotted the court proceedings.

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