Pak government against lifting of Musharraf’s travel ban

Islamabad: The Pakistan government on Monday opposed the lifting of the travel ban on former president General Pervez Musharraf, who is being tried on high treason charges.

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The Sindh High Court on April 23 had directed the government to explain why it restricted Musharraf — who is facing multiple trials, including one under the high-treason act — from moving overseas.

 The government filed its response on Monday to a two-member bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) over Musharraf’s petition seeking removal of his epithet from the Exit Control List (ECL).

The SHC bench comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Shahnawaz Tariq had ordered the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Salman Aslam Butt to submit a resonse from the federal authorities by May 7.

Musharraf’s name was put on the ECL on April 5 last year to ascertain that he stays in the rural area and attends hearings of all the events he has been appointed.

Anyone whose name is on the ECL cannot leave the state without permit.

Musharraf, who came back to Pakistan from self-exile in March last year, was also identified as an accused in the murder cases of late prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and former Baluchistan tribal leader Akbar Bugti in 2006.

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