ISLAMABAD - A petition was filed in Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday seeking court’s directions to bar former President Pervez Musharraf from going abroad for treatment.

The petition was filed by Hafiz Ehtisham of Lal Masjid Shuhuda Foundation through his counsel M Tariq Asad Advocate and cited secretary ministry of interior and inspector general Islamabad police as respondents.

The petitioner stated that several cases were sub judice due to which Musharraf should not be allowed to leave Pakistan. He informed the court that the Musharraf is accused of a range of offences related to his 1999-2008 regime including high treason, and murders of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Akbar Bugti.

However, the petitioner maintained that legal team of Musharraf had sought permission for him to leave Pakistan in recent weeks to leave the country on compassionate grounds, to see his sick and elderly mother in Dubai, but the government of Pakistan had offered to fly home the sick mother of Pervez Musharraf.

“For the sake of fulfilling obligations of humanity, the Prime Minister of Pakistan had offered to send a special plane or ambulance to bring his mother to Pakistan to continue her medical treatment so that she could live with her son and carry on with her medical treatment in Pakistan,” added the counsel of petitioner.

He continued that his lawyers are consistently making excuses of his foolproof security to seek exemption of his appearance before the courts notwithstanding the fact that at least 250 Islamabad police officers and 100 army personnel are deputed to provide him security on such occasions. He stated that Musharraf pretended heart problem to escape appearance before the Special Court conducting the trial in high treason case on 02-01-2014.

The counsel was of the view that his legal team is again seeking permission to leave the country for his treatment and it is rumoured that arrangements are being made for his departure.

Advocate Tariq argued that if Musharraf is allowed to leave the country, it would not be feasible to bring him back like Hussain Haqqani who could not be brought back despite orders of the Supreme Court in the Memogate case. He maintained that if he is allowed to leave Pakistan, the whole responsibility of frustrating the case of Lal Masjid would fall on the shoulders of respondent No. 1 and 2.

Therefore, he prayed to the court that it may direct the Respondents No. 1 and 2 to make arrangement of the best treatment of general (Retd) Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan and the specialists from abroad, if need be, may be provided to him in the interest of justice and fair play and that the respondents may be directed further not to allow him to leave Pakistan.