ISLAMABAD - A special plane landed at the Islamabad Airport on Monday to airlift former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to a foreign country, reported a private TV channel.

According to sources privy to the development, the 12-seater plane arrived in Islamabad to take the 70-year-old former military ruler given his name is removed from the exit control list (ECL) by the government.

Talking to a private TV channel, Federal Defence Minister Khwaja Asif reiterated his government’s offer to airlift Pervez Musharraf’s ailing mother to Pakistan from UAE. “We can bring Musharraf’s mother back to Pakistan by air ambulance. There will be a heavy price if we start showing leniency to criminals,” Asif said. “There is neither any pressure nor we’ll accept any in this case,” he said. His comments came as a special court indicted the former military ruler for the imposition of emergency rule in Nov 2007 and suspending the constitution. The court also ruled that it was government’s jurisdiction to lift travel ban on the 70-year-old.

“We will accept any comply with the court order. Law is equal to all. Musharraf is a criminal,” he continued. The defence minister said that those who voted in favour of the emergency rule would also be taken to task. The judiciary has turned our dream into reality about the rule of law, he added.