ISLAMABAD – The lawyer of former president General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf, now indicted for high treason, is hopeful for the removal of his client’s name from Exit Control List (ECL) within this week after which he could visit his ailing mother in Sharjah.
According to the details, Advocate Farogh Naseem had convened a meeting with Musharraf on Tuesday in Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC).
Nasim apprised Musharraf that his name could possibly be excluded from the ECL which will enable him to leave for Sharjah where his 95-year-old mother, Zarin Musharraf, is under treatment.
Musharraf was told that Sindh High Court and the Supreme Court may issue rulings in this regard, and that the government is also giving positive signals for his exit.
Yesterday, the special court indicted the former military strongman for the imposition of emergency in late 2007 and other steps he took during his rule.
The former judge of Supreme Court, Justice Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui, said that as now Musharraf had been indicted so the court could grant him immunity from court appearances. He said that trial could continue in Musharraf’s absence as well. Court could consider sending him abroad for some valid reasons provided a strong guarantee was provided.
Moreover, the special court said in its order that only government could decide on Musharraf’s travel outside Pakistan as it was the government that included his name in the ECL. Court also mentioned Musharraf has not been barred to move free. He is not under arrest. Government cannot stop him from travelling abroad only by considering his under process trial in the Special Court.