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Court suspends ruling allowing Musharraf to leave Pakistan

Published on Jun 24, 2014 3:54 PM
 
In this photograph taken on December 29, 2013 Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses foreign media representatives at his farmhouse in Islamabad. Pakistan's Supreme Court has suspended a decision which would have allowed Pervez Musharraf to leave the country, the latest setback for the former military ruler who returned last year to run for election. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's Supreme Court has suspended a decision which would have allowed Pervez Musharraf to leave the country, the latest setback for the former military ruler who returned last year to run for election.

The move came after the government of Musharraf's rival Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appealed against a lower court's decision to lift a travel ban which had briefly raised speculation that the 70-year-old could escape from a series of legal woes.

The latest order is not definitive and the Supreme Court will hear the case in detail in four weeks' time, court spokesman Shahid Komboh told AFP on Tuesday. It could still agree to let Musharraf leave the country.

Musharraf has said he wants the travel ban lifted so he can visit his sick mother in Dubai. But his opponents in Pakistan see it as a ruse to flee the country and avoid a series of cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule. These include an indictment for treason over his imposition of emergency rule in 2007, a historic first in a country ruled for half its existence by the military.

 
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