Pakistani court dismisses Musharraf's request for going abroad
                 English.news.cn | 2014-03-31 21:23:04 | Editor: Shen Qing

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File photo taken on April 15, 2013 shows Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf speaking during a press conference in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan. A Pakistani special tribunal, which indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for high treason over 2007 imposition of emergency rule, on Monday rejected his request to allow him to go abroad for treatment. The government has barred Musharraf from going abroad by putting his name on the Exit Control List (ECL). (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal)

ISLAMABAD, March 31 (Xinhua) -- A Pakistani special tribunal, which indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for high treason over 2007 imposition of emergency rule, on Monday rejected his request to allow him to go abroad for treatment.

The government has barred Musharraf from going abroad by putting his name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Musharraf has filed an application through his defence lawyer, Farogh Nasim, seeking the court's permission to leave Pakistan for treatment in the United States. He had also wanted to proceed to the United Arab Emirate to inquire about the health of his mother, who is undergoing treatment in a hospital there.

The three-member special bench however rejected Musharraf's application and advised him to approach the federal government to seek removal of his name from the ECL.

The court said it has no jurisdiction to bar Musharraf from leaving the country as he is not under arrest in the high treason case.

The Interior Ministry has previously rejected Musharraf's request for permission to go abroad for treatment. Sources close to Musharraf say the former president is likely to submit a fresh application for removal of his name from the ECL.

Musharraf was admitted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology on January 2 after he felt pain in chest.

The court in a previous ruling said Musharraf can get treatment in Pakistan as all facilities are available in the hospital where he is currently under treatment.

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