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Pakistan Allows Musharraf To Go Abroad For Treatment


Pakistani former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf pictured at an interview with AFP in Karachi in 2014.

Pakistan has given the green light for former President Pervez Musharraf to leave the country.

"Today, lawyers of General Musharraf filed a proper application and in the light of the Supreme Court decision, the government has allowed him to go abroad for medical treatment," Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on March 17.

The former military ruler is expected to board a plane overnight to Dubai.

Khan said Musharraf's lawyers had given guarantees that he would return to Pakistan after six weeks and that he would appear in court for ongoing cases against him.

Musharraf's lawyers say he needs to go abroad for urgent spinal treatment not available in Pakistan.

On March 17, the Supreme Court lifted the travel ban imposed on Musharraf in 2013, when he returned to Pakistan to take part in elections. But he was barred from running and instead became embroiled in several court cases, including one that involved treason charges.

The 70-year-old Musharraf took power in a 1999 coup by dismissing the government of then-and-now Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He stepped down in 2008 and left Pakistan.

With reporting by AFP
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