Musharraf leaves Pakistan after 3-year travel ban lifted

(From The Guardian)

Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf slipped out of the country in the early hours of Friday morning in a move widely interpreted as a sign the government has conceded defeat at the hands of an all-powerful military establishment.

Pervez Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf

The former army chief, who took power in a 1999 coup and was facing charges of treason, was finally removed from the country’s “exit control list” on Thursday after almost three years of being banned from international travel.

He had been prevented from leaving since April 2013, soon after he returned from self-imposed exile and became embroiled in a series of legal cases, including a historic government-initiated high treason trial.

That Musharraf had been banned from international travel for so long had been widely taken as a sign of the determination of the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, to defy staunch opposition from the army’s high command and prosecute the man who ousted him in the 1999 coup. Read More

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