Pakistan, Islamabad: Former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, left the country early today for medical treatment in Dubai, a day after the government allowed him to go abroad. Ex President said, “I am a commando and I love my homeland. I will come back in a few weeks or months”.
Mr Musharraf boarded an Emirates flight bound for Dubai that departed from Karachi airport at 3:55 am (04:25 IST), a media report said. “He was the last person to be embarked on the plane and then the gate was closed. The retired general appeared relaxed,” the report said. Mr Musharraf, 72, has been facing treason trial since 2013 and he was barred from leaving the country in 2014 by the government. The order was declared as illegal by the Sindh High Court in the same year.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the decision of the Sindh High Court, rejecting the appeal of the government. But it did not stop the federal government from putting new bars on Musharraf’s foreign tours. Interior minister Nisar Ali Khan yesterday told a press briefing that after consultation the government decided to let Mr Musharraf leave the country for treatment. He said Mr Musharraf’s lawyers had formally asked the government to allow him to undertake foreign travels. “The government has decided to allow Musharraf to travel abroad for treatment. He has also committed he will face all cases against him in court,” Mr Khan said.
He was referring to several cases faced by Mr Musharraf including the high treason charged in a special court for suspending the constitution in 2007, which has been declared under Article 6 as being punishable by death. He was indicted in April, 2014 but since then no progress has been made in the case for various reasons. Mr Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League said yesterday that Mr Musharraf was having problem in the backbone and he needed to go to the UAE to see a doctor.