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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

Musharraf stopped from leaving Pakistan

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, March 31 (

Pakistan on Saturday stopped former President Pervez Musharraf from leaving the country a day after a court ordered it.

The Interior Ministry issued directives to the immigration authorities to put Gen. Musharraf’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL), reported Xinhua, citing Radio Pakistan.

It also sent a notification to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), which deals with the immigration affairs at the airports.

Gen. Musharraf returned to Pakistan after over a four year self-exile and is now facing several cases including his government’s failure to provide security to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in a suicide attack in 2007.

A court in Karachi extended his protective bail on plea by his defence lawyers that the former military ruler is contesting elections. However, he was restrained from leaving the country without the court’s permission.

Gen. Musharraf is now leading his own political party — the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), and will contest the May 11 general elections.

The APML on Friday submitted his nomination forms for a National Assembly seat in the northern Chitral district.

Gen. Musharraf also plans to stand on more than one seat including one in Karachi.

He will have to face strong opposition from his political rivals during scrutiny of nomination papers as he is facing charges in several high profile cases in which he has got temporary bail.

Taliban have also publicly threatened Gen. Musharraf as he had carried out military operations against them in the tribal regions and the northwestern Swat valley.

- Asian Tribune -

Pakistan on Saturday stopped former President Pervez Musharraf from leaving the country
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