Pakistan’s ex military ruler Pervez Musharraf has petitioned one of the country’s top courts to allow him to travel to Dubai to visit his sick mother.
The former general, who served as president of Pakistan from 2001 to 2008, has been bailed in four major criminal cases, including one over his alleged role in the assassination of then prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.
In an application to the Sindh High Court, Musharraf’s lawyer asked for the 70-year old’s name to be removed from the Interior Ministry’s Exit Control List. His 95-year-old mother is said to be seriously ill and currently unable to travel. Lawyer AQ Halepota claimed his inclusion on the list was a violation of his fundamental rights.
A division bench led by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah issued notices to Sindh’s Advocate General and Prosecutor General, as well as Pakistan’s Attorney General, requesting a response to the petition at the next hearing on November 18.
Musharraf, who was shunted from power five years after impeachment proceedings were filed by opposition parties, returned to Pakistan from Dubai in March after announcing plans to contest the general election. He was quickly disqualified from the electoral process and placed under house arrest by the Islamabad High Court over charges relating to the 2007 arrests of judges.
The general election was later won by Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League.