Pakistani court reserves decision on Pervez Musharraf’s travel ban

Pakistani court reserves decision on Pervez Musharraf’s travel ban

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The former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf has been ordered by the court not to travel abroad. On December 16, 2013, a Pakistani court reserved judgement on a request made by Musharraf to be allowed to travel abroad to visit his sick mother.

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Over the past month, the issue has been adjourned several times, but on December 16, 2013, the two-member bench reserved its decision. One of the officials from the court said that the ruling is most likely going to be announced by the end of the day. Musharraf has also been facing criminal cases dating back to his rule from 1999 to 2008, ever since returning to Pakistan from a self-imposed exile in March 2013.

One of the criminal cases of the former president of Pakistan also includes the murder of the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Bail has been granted to Musharraf in the four main cases. The government announced in November 2013 that the 70-year-old former president will be put on trial for treason and he has been ordered to appear before the court on December 24, 2013.

This will be the first time in the history of Pakistan that a former military ruler will be on trial for treason. There were rumors that a deal will be made in order to allow Musharraf to leave the country without standing trial, in an attempt to avoid a clash between the government and the powerful military.

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