Musharraf departs for Dubai after travel ban lifted

Islamabad: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf left Pakistan on Friday for medical treatment in Dubai after the government lifted a travel ban imposed on him as he awaited trial on treason and other charges, his spokesman said.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the government on Wednesday to lift the travel ban, paving the way for Musharraf to leave.

“General Pervez Musharraf has left the country for Dubai,” his spokesman Mohammad Amjad said.

The departure of Musharraf, who has faced a battery of court cases since returning home from self-imposed exile in 2013, will remove a source of friction between the Army and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Media showed images of Musharraf leaving his home in a heavily guarded convoy for the airport in the port city of Karachi. He entered the airport through a gate reserved for staff and left for Dubai on an Emirates flight.

“I am a commando and I love my homeland,” Musharraf told Pakistani media at the airport.

“I will come back in a few weeks or months.”

His lawyers have argued that he needed to travel abroad for medical treatment and to visit his ailing mother in Dubai.

Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday the former ruler was being allowed to travel abroad for treatment after a commitment from his lawyers that he would return in 4-6 weeks to face the charges against him.



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