ISLAMABAD- A special court hearing high treason case today rejected former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf’s plea to remove his name from the exit control list (ECL) and seeking permission to travel abroad.
During the hearing, Musharraf’s lawyer Advocate Farogh Nasim submitted a petition, seeking permission for his client to visit his mother who is said to be critical in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and seeking personal treatment in the US. In its verdict, the special court stated that Musharraf's name had been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) by the federal government not the court.
The court order said Musharraf’s name could be removed from the ECL by the federal government. It further stated the Special Court neither placed Musharraf’s name on ECL, nor empowered to order for removing name from ECL, it comes under Federal Government’s jurisdiction.
Moreover, the special court exempted Musharraf from appearances, saying that it cannot restrict one’s free movement until the accused is arrested.
Earlier, the court indicted Pervez Musharraf in the high treason trial and a six-point charge sheet was read to him which the accused Pervez Musharraf denied. Later, the court adjourned the hearing till 4th April.