KARACHI: Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf left for Dubai early Friday morning, hours after the interior ministry issued a notification to remove his name from the exit control list (ECL).

Before leaving, Musharraf told a DawnNews correspondent, "I am a commando and I love my homeland. I will come back in a few weeks or months."

Editorial: Musharraf’s latest coup

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

Paramilitary soldiers leave the residence of former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf in Karachi on March 18, 2016.—AFP
Paramilitary soldiers leave the residence of former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf in Karachi on March 18, 2016.—AFP

Musharraf said he was going abroad to seek "medical treatment of a decade-old illness which has now developed several complications."

On Thursday, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan announced at a press conference that the government had decided to allow Musharraf to travel abroad for treatment after the Supreme Court lifted a ban on Musharraf's foreign travel a day ago.

According to the minister, Musharraf had committed to facing all cases against him in court and had "promised to return in four to six weeks."

Dr Amjad, the senior vice-president of All Pakistan Muslim League, the political party founded and led by Musharraf, insisted that the former president was leaving the country "just for medical treatment."

Farogh Naseem, Musharraf’s counsel, had also earlier said his client needed to go abroad to "undergo a surgery for a fractured vertebra," treatment for which he said "is not available in Pakistan."

Musharraf, who is facing a treason trial for clamping emergency in the country on Nov 3, 2007, was barred from travelling abroad after his name was placed on the ECL on Apr 5, 2013.

The former dictator is scheduled to record his statement to a special three-judge court on Mar 31 in the treason case against him.

Opinion

Pak-Saudi relations
Updated 17 May 2021

Pak-Saudi relations

Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia, will be key to Pakistan’s economic recovery in a post-Covid context.
Cuisine and culture
17 May 2021

Cuisine and culture

There is a drive towards the creation of a ‘national cuisine’ landscape as well as greater insight into region-based diversity.
Cooperation or conflict?
Updated 17 May 2021

Cooperation or conflict?

The fear of an economic and technological rival has created insecurities being reflected today in US behaviour.

Editorial

Palestine bloodbath
Updated 17 May 2021

Palestine bloodbath

One wonders whether the right of self-defence allows a country to butcher toddlers and the disabled, as Tel Aviv has done in Gaza.
17 May 2021

Registering madressahs

DURING the past two decades, several attempts by successive governments to standardise and regularise madressahs ...
17 May 2021

LSM growth

THE robust growth in large-scale industrial output since July last year has generated a kind of economic optimism...
16 May 2021

Riyadh-Tehran thaw

SEVERAL official pronouncements over the last few days have confirmed that efforts are underway behind the scenes to...
16 May 2021

Ruthless evictions

FOR a state to deprive residents of their homes without providing for alternative housing for them is a dereliction...
16 May 2021

Wheat concerns

THE new official projections for provisional wheat output suggest that Punjab may harvest around 20.5m tonnes of...