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Musharraf asked his name to be removed from ECL

24 January, 2015

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ISLAMABAD: Former military dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf has approached the Ministry of Interior to have his name removed from the Exit Control List (ECL) under the pretext that he wants to fly to Saudi Arabia to condole the demise of Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud who died on Friday 23,January,2015.

A senior official of Interior Ministry said that former dictator in his written application to Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan has asked for lifting travel ban on him so that he could fly to Saudi Arabia and pay his condolences to the royal family in person.

Musharraf has been staying with his daughter in Karachi where he travelled for medical tests at a Navy-run hospital in April last year and the indictment took place in his absence. He is on bail in four other major cases linked to his time in power, including the 2007 assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in a gun and suicide attack.

Musharraf’s name is currently on ECL as he is facing multiple high-profile cases in the courts of law. The ECL is a system of border control maintained by the Government of Pakistan under the Exit from Pakistan (Control) Ordinance. Those persons on the list are prohibited exit from Pakistan.

A special court on January 14,2015.indicted Pervez Musharraf over the 2006 killing of a Baloch nationalist Nawab Akbar Bugti, which has become the latest legal hurdle in the way of former military ruler since his return from self-imposed exile two years ago. He was previously indicted for treason in March last year over his imposition of emergency rule in 2007 but the proceedings have stalled since then

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