KARACHI - The new findings of medical experts about the health of former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf have left no room for the federal government to oppose removing Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

The current medical report regarding the spinal fracture of the former president has once again made the issue of Musharraf’s health a talk of the town and opened new doors of political debate.  

The medical team, comprising on prominent national and international doctors, reported that Musharraf is suffering from spinal fracture which needs immediate surgery from abroad as Pakistan lacks expertise in that area. This important surgery may be carried out in Dubai, North America or any of the European countries.

The federal government has recently opposed removing Musharraf’s name from the ECL in its reply submitted in the Sindh High Court. According to sources, the medical team comprises on Dr Imtiaz Hashmi, Prof Dr Ather Inam, Dr Manzar Hussain, Dr Sarwar Jamil Siddiqui and Dr Sohail Raffi. “The team has recently visited former president and checked his spinal fracture and pain in left leg.”

According to the report, Musharraf is suffering from backbone pain for the last two years. Firstly, it started in Dubai which has now intensified. The report says that if the problem had not been resolved through surgery then it would be more painful in future. The report advised former president to immediately seek medical treatment abroad. On the other hand, the criticism from the opponent parties has also emerged. The lawyers’ fraternity is of the view that Sindh High Court is not authorised to hear the case of removing Musharraf’s name from the ECL as the order to place his name on the ECL was issued by the Supreme Court. The SHC will resume hearing of the case on May 7.


Staff Reporter from Lahore adds: The court will decide whether or not former President Pervez Musharraf merits relief on his petition for withdrawing his name on the Exist Control List (ECL), said a senior member of the government on the condition of not being named.

When asked that medial board has found fracture in the spinal cord of former President which necessitates treatment outside the country and would the government support or oppose that medical finding, he did not offer a comment on it and said that the matter was subjudice and government lawyers would present their point of view on it before the court.

When asked would the government allow Musharraf to leave country if the court ordered to this effect, he said it was premature to say anything at the stage.