Federal govt omitted Musharraf’s name from ECL, SC issues detailed verdict


ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has issued detailed verdict of Musharraf’s Exit Control List (ECL) omission case which states that Attorney General was asked repeatedly in the matter but no response was given.


The order states that former president’s name was not omitted by the Supreme Court but the federal government.

The 13-page order issued on behalf of Chief Justice (CJ) Anwar Zaheer Jamali states that Musharraf is facing different cases but neither the federal government nor any court took any action.

The verdict also clears that order of Musharraf’s ECL inclusion which was issued on April 8, 2013 was an interim order and is no longer of value.

Musharraf was banned from leaving Pakistan in March 2013 after he returned to the country on an ill-fated mission to contest elections.

The former ruler was barred from taking part in the polls and instead faces a barrage of legal cases.

In January, Musharraf was acquitted over the 2006 killing of a Baloch rebel leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.

But four cases against him remain — one accusing him of treason for imposing emergency rule, as well as those alleging the unlawful dismissal of judges, the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and a deadly raid on Islamabad’s Red Mosque.

Last June, the Sindh High Court had lifted Musharraf’s travel ban, but the federal government appealed the verdict.

The Supreme Court upheld the Sindh High Court decision and ordered the government to allow Musharraf to travel.