Press Trust of India
Islamabad, 6 January
A Pakistani court today rejected a petition to bar the possible exit of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf from the country for treatment but made it clear that he could not leave without permission from the courts.
Rejecting the petition, Islamabad High Court Justice Shaukat Aziz said that it is the job of the courts ~ that provided bail to Mr Musharraf ~ to ensure his appearance.
Mr Musharraf, 70, could not leave the country without the permission of the court, he said. He further said that the court cannot interfere in the jurisdiction of the special court, constituted to hear treason case against Mr Musharraf.
The petition was filed by the Shuhada Foundation of Pakistan Trust, Lal Masjid, on 3 January to ensure Mr Musharraf remains in Pakistan. The foundation is a representative body of people who died in the 2007 army operation in Islamabad.
Meanwhile, Mr Musharraf did not appear before the special court today. His advocate Ahmed Raza Kasuri had made it clear yesterday that Mr Musharraf will not appear as he was not well.
The former commando was rushed to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi after complaining of a heart problem on his way to court to face treason trial on 2 January. He faces treason charges for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts.
Meabwhile, a war of words ensued today between Musharraf’s lawyers and the prosecution at the special court conducting his trial, after the prosecutor called the ex-dictator a “fugitive” who was “hiding” in a military hospital.
During the hearing, prosecutor Akram Sheikh accused Musharraf of intentionally avoiding court hearings and called on the three-judge bench to issue an arrest warrant for him, a demand that was rejected.
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Musharraf had bought the house for 1.3 million pounds in 2009 when he was in self-exile in Britain after resigning from the post of president.