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Pakistan court sets Nov 18 for Musharraf's plea to leave country


Musharraf's plea to be heard on Nov 18
Karachi, Nov 13: Pakistan's Sindh High Court has set November 18 for a decision on former president Pervez Musharraf's plea against a government ban on him travelling out of the country.

Mushrraff's legal team on Tuesday filed the petition pleading the court to strike off Musharraf's name from the Interior Ministry's Exit Control List as in earlier order the court had restrained him from leaving the country without permission of trial courts. His chief lawyer Raza Kasuri said that the ex-military ruler wanted to leave for Dubai to enquire on the health of his 95-year-old mother, who is seriously ill and unable to travel.

Musharraf, after returning home before the May elections has faced several cases in trial courts and managed to get bail in all of them including the murder case of former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf remained under house arrest for more than 6 months

The former president, who remained under house arrest for more than six months in his sprawling Chak Shahzad farmhouse outside Islamabad, got bail last week in the murder case of Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rasheed Ghazi. Kasuri said the legal team was confident that Musharraf's appeal on the ECL would be accepted when the hearing is held on November 18.

Musharraf's legal counsel A Q Halepota, who filed the petition in the court, told reporters that placing the name of the former general on the ECL was a violation of his fundamental rights. Therefore, he pleaded to the court to modify its earlier order. He said Musharraf would definitely come back to Pakistan if he gets permission to go to Dubai or any other country.


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