Pakistan to appeal Musharraf ruling

2014-06-14 13:01
Pervez Musharraf (Picture: AFP)

Pervez Musharraf (Picture: AFP)

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Islamabad - Pakistan's government on Saturday filed an appeal with the country's Supreme Court seeking to overturn a decision allowing ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf to leave the country, his lawyer said.

"The federal government has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court," said Ahmad Raza Kasuri, a member of Musharraf's legal team.

The move comes after a court in Karachi on Thursday ordered the lifting of a travel ban imposed on the 70-year-old, a ruling his supporters hoped would draw a line under a raft of legal troubles.

Musharraf has been battling several court cases - including treason charges for imposing emergency rule in 2007 - since he returned to Pakistan in 2013 to contest elections, stoking tensions between civilian authorities and the powerful military.

Akram Sheikh, a senior lawyer who is the chief prosecutor in the treason case, confirmed an appeal had come from the attorney general's office.

"I hope it will be fixed for [hearing on] Monday," he added.

Observers say the former general's exit from Pakistan could help ease tensions between the army and civilian authorities at a time when the country is fighting a resurgent Taliban following a brazen attack on Karachi's airport last week.

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