SC overrules SHC order, Musharraf to stay on ECL

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday overruled the Sindh High Court order to remove former President Pervez Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) barring him from leaving the country.

The former president had moved the Sindh High Court to remove his name so he may travel freely. The High court ruled that Musharraf’s name be removed albeit the court suspended the operation of its order for fifteen days during which time the government could appeal before the apex court.

In its appeal before the Supreme Court, the federal government maintained that Musharraf is the only accused in the treason case and there are other pending cases against him in courts, thus his name should not be removed from the ECL. The appeal stated that Musharraf should not be allowed to leave the country until cases against him are decided.

Following today’s ruling, the former president’s name will remain on the ECL.