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Pakistan court allows ex-president Musharraf to leave country

Published on Jun 12, 2014 2:55 PM
 
Pakistan Barrister Farogh Naseem and counsel for former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrives at the high court for a hearing in Karachi on April 23, 2014. A court in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi on Thursday ordered the government to remove former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's name from a no-fly list in 15 days' time, his lawyer said. -- PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI (AFP) - A court in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi on Thursday ordered the government to remove former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's name from a no-fly list in 15 days' time, his lawyer said.

"The court has allowed our appeal and ordered to strike down Musharraf's name from the Exit Control List. The order will be executed after 15 days," said Mr Farogh Naseem.

"The delayed execution of the order “will give time to the government to appeal in a superior court if they so desire,” he added.

Musharraf, 70, flew to Karachi in April to undergo medical tests.

He has said he wants the travel ban lifted so he can visit his sick mother in Dubai, but many in Pakistan see it as a ruse to flee the country and avoid the litany of criminal cases against him dating back to the 1999-2008.

Musharraf was indicted for treason in March over his imposition of emergency rule in 2007 – a case seen as a test of civilian authority in a country long dominated by the military.

He also faces several murder cases.

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