Sindh High Court has ordered the government to remove former president general (retd) Parvez Musharraf’s name from Exit Control List. However court has granted 15 days time to federal government for filing appeal in Supreme Court against the order. Meanwhile government has decided to challenge the SHC decision in SC. According to a private TV channel Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt will file petition in SC against SHC order.
The ruling was issued by a two-judge division bench of the SHC comprising Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Shahnawaz Tariq following the hearing of Musharraf’s request for the removal of his name from the ECL.
The bench stated that parties opposing the ruling could approach the Supreme Court during the next 15 days, adding that Musharraf cannot leave the country during that period. The court said if the federal government did not approach the Supreme Court in 15 days Musharraf could leave country on 16th day. The court said Islamabad high court and Sindh high court could hear plea for removal of name from ECL.
Meanwhile talking to media representatives, Musharraf’s counsel Barrister Farogh Nasim said the federal government’s permission was not a requisite for Musharraf before travelling abroad.
Nasim said that the government could strike off Musharraf’s name from the ECL within 15 days, and within the said time limit the court’s ruling would be enforced.
The attorney further said that the former president would certainly return to Pakistan in case he went abroad, adding he would also get his name cleared from allegations pressed against him.
Nasim said that the right to a clean trial should not be flouted. “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 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.
It is worth mentioning here that on May 29, the court had reserved its ruling on Musharraf’s plea after his counsel Barrister Farogh Naseem and Attorney General Pakistan Salman Aslam Butt concluded their arguments. Attorney general had opposed the plea of Musharraf saying if Musharraf would once leave the country would not return back again. Attorney general had argued that Musharraf is facing high treason charges and could face death or life imprisonment. On the other hand Barrider Farogh Naseem had argued that Musharraf’s mother is ill and his Musharraf want to see her in Dubai hospital. Naseem had further argued that Musharraf is facing backbone problem and wants treatment abroad so his name should be removed from ECL