ISLAMABAD, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- A court in Pakistan on Monday advised former military President Pervez Musharraf to approach the government for leaving the country.
Musharraf, who faces high treason charges, can not leave the country as his name is on the Exit Control List (ECL).
He had filed a petition in High Court in Karachi which heard the case on Monday and asked him to seek the government's permission if he intends to go abroad.
The Sindh High Court reserved the final verdict on Musharraf's petition and also rejected another petition, seeking to permanently include his name on the ECL.
Counsel for the former president A.Q. Halepoto had requested the court to remove Musharraf's name from the ECL, pleading that his client needed to go abroad to visit his ailing mother. The court has reserved verdict and is likely to be announced later.
The government had barred Musharraf from going outside the country as he had previously been arrested in at least three murder cases, including the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Courts have now granted him bails in three cases. However his name has not yet been removed from the list of the people who cannot lave the country.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that Musharraf's name was on Exit Control List and it would not be removed till the court's decision.
A special court, constituted to initiate high treason trail of the former President, has summoned him next week.
In June Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had himself declared to initiate high treason case against Musharraf for abrogating the constitution in 2007 when he imposed emergency rule.
The apex court had ordered the government to question Musharraf as to why he had dismissed an elected government and in what circumstances he had suspended the constitutions in 2007.
The interior minister said that the Federal Investigation Agency has been directed to accelerate investigation into the treason case against the former president and present the report as soon as possible. He said the investigators had been directed to complete investigation in six weeks.
Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan since 1999 until 2008, was arrested in April weeks after he returned after nearly four-year exile.
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