Musharraf leaves for Dubai saying he’ll ‘be back’

Musharraf leaves for Dubai saying he'll 'be back'

Former army chief and ex-president Pervez Musharraf left for Dubai early on Friday. Local media reported that a convoy of police and paramilitary Pakistan Rangers left Musharraf’s home in Karachi around 3.30am as a decoy for the large number of journalists crowding his street, waiting for his exit from his home. The former president travelled to the airport separately.

Musharraf was the last person to board the plane and “appeared relaxed”, a media report said.

Lawyers for the former army chief, who is facing multiple charges including treason and murder over the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, said he needs urgent and critical medical treatment not available in Pakistan.

The former president, pledging to face all pending cases against him, said he was keeping himself up to speed with developments in the country and will keenly take part in politics after his return.

“I am going abroad for treatment but will return to face the cases against me,” a party spokesman quoted Musharraf as saying. “I am a commando. I love my motherland. I will come back in a few weeks or months.”

A day earlier, the top court declared the ex-president could travel abroad.

Chaudhry Nisar said, under the directives of the Supreme Court, the government has decided to remove the retired COAS name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

“The government has decided to let Musharraf travel abroad for medical treatment. He has also committed that he will face all charges against him in court,” the interior minister Chaudhry Nisar said at a news conference yesterday.

On March 31, the former military dictator is scheduled to record his statement to a special three-judge court in the treason case against him.


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