Moderates backs call for allowing Musharraf to have treatment abroad


KARACHI: Moderates’ Chairman Syed Jawaid Iqbal on Tuesday welcomed the appeal that US human rights activist Jesse Jackson has made in a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, asking him to remove the name of former president General (R) Pervez Musharraf from the Exit Control List (ECL) so that he can go abroad for medical treatment.

Jawaid in a statement said the views of Jesse Jackson should be regarded in the correct perspective as he could see that General Musharraf was being denied a fair deal since he also deserved to seek treatment from abroad as other Pakistanis.

The Moderates’ chairman appreciated the views expressed by Jackson regarding the challenges faced by Pakistan in terms of fighting terrorism and poverty and the need for strengthening the country’s security, development and unity.

He drew attention to the prevailing medical condition of Gen. Musharraf and stated that a thorough examination and report of his medical condition indicated that it was very urgent for him to seek medical treatment abroad.

Jawaid thanked Jackson for the appeal he had made to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on moral and humanitarian grounds to permit Gen. Pervez Musharraf to go abroad for treatment. He also greatly commended the fact that Jackson was not trying to interfere into the sovereignty of Pakistan as he had great respect for the country and its institutions.

Jawaid also appreciated Jackson’s gesture of reaching out to US President Barack Obama and requesting him to use his good offices so that Gen. Musharraf could be facilitated to travel aboard and seek urgent medical treatment as recommended by his doctors.

Founded in 2003, Moderates is a private-sector Think Tank strengthening tolerance, interfaith harmony and democracy.