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Pakistani Court Lifts Travel Ban On Musharraf


Pakistani former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf, pictured November 14, 2014.

Pakistan's Supreme Court has lifted a travel ban imposed on the country's former President Pervez Musharraf.

The ban, imposed in 2013, was removed in a court ruling on March 16.

The former military ruler returned to Pakistan to take part in elections in March 2013 but was barred from running and instead became embroiled in several court cases, including one that involved treason charges.

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

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.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
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