SHC reserves verdict in Musharraf travelling ban case

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday reserved its verdict on a petition of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf against the restriction on his travelling out of country.

A division bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar after hearing arguments of both sides – federal government and counsel for petitioner – reserved verdict to a date later to be fixed by the court office. The court directed them to submit synopsis regarding the matter within three days, if they wanted.

Musharraf has approached the court to get his name withdrawn from ECL so that he could visit his ailing elderly mother in Dubai and get medical treatment for fracture of backbone.

Attorney-general Salman Aslam Butt, while forwarding his arguments on matter insisted that his presence in the country was essential as he was facing high treason trial being conducted by special court.

He defended the placing of name of Musharraf on ECL stating that high court had not territorial jurisdiction to hear the matter as the name of the former military ruler was placed on the exit control list on the orders of the Supreme Court. It was stated that the former president should approach the apex court to get his name withdrawn from ECL.

Farogh said that order regarding placing Musharraf’s name on ECL was against the principles of natural justice as no show-cause notice, as required by the law, was issued to his client.

He said that earlier on April 8, 2013, the Supreme Court had issued directions to the federal government for placing the name of petitioner on ECL but later, final order of the apex court did not maintain the condition of ECL.

Farogh was of the view that trial court was competent to impose any restriction on movement of petitioner if it considers necessary. Since the court had not barred petitioner from travelling out of country, any restriction by government on his movement was sheer violation of the fundamental rights, he added.

He argued that there had been cases against former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in accountability courts but she was allowed to travel abroad.

He said that Musharraf wanted to visit his ailing mother in Dubai and also get medical treatment for spine problem which was not possible in the country. But federal government had disallowed him from leaving the country by placing his name on the exit control list (ECL) on April 5 last year, he added.

Former military ruler was not being allowed to travel abroad mere because of ongoing treason trial, he said, adding that the special court, conducting treason trial has placed no any restriction on his travel abroad.

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