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Musharraf’s name placed on ECL

Musharraf’s name placed on ECL

Staff Reporter

Sunday, March 31, 2013 - Islamabad—Former president Pervez Musharraf’s name was put on the Exit Control List over his involvement in several cases on Saturday.

The Interior Ministry has sent a notification to the Federal Investigation Agency Immigration in this regard.

On Friday, the Sindh High Court had ordered Musharraf to not leave the country without seeking prior permission of the courts concerned.

Justice Sajjad Ali Shah Shah had also granted a 21-day extension to Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto assassination and Nawab Akbar Bugti case to appear and surrender before the trial courts.

Musharraf arrived in Karachi on March 24 after four years in self-exile to contest the upcoming general elections under the banner of his party, the All Pakistan Muslim League.

He has filed his nomination papers for the National Assembly from three constituencies - NA-250 (Karachi), NA-32 (Chitral) and NA-48 (Islamabad).

According to a private television channel, the Interior Ministry on Saturday issued directives to the immigration authorities to put Musharraf’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Musharraf is now leading his own political party the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), and will contest for parliamentary seats in the May 11 elections.

Felt little insulted, humiliated standing before judge

Washington—Former President Pervez Musharraf has said he felt a little “insulted and humiliated” standing before a judge in a Karachi court, where he appeared to seek extension of his pre-arrest bail in a series of cases.

Musharraf, appeared in a court in Karachi for the first time in his life. “This is the first time, that I ever entered a courtroom in my life. If I was to be very frank with you on my feelings, if you want to know my feelings, the first feeling when I stand up for the judge when he entered which was the norm, the norm which I had to follow, I did feel somehow a little insulted, a little humiliated,” Musharraf told CNN.

“But then I started thinking to myself that I have been saying that everyone is equal in the eyes of law. So I thought to myself, well, I have been saying this.

The law applies to me also. So may be, would be upset for other, that you yourself got involved,” said the former military ruler.

When asked if he trusted the judicial system, Musharraf said one has to face all the consequences. “I know, my conviction is that there is nothing against me. And there were arrest warrants that were issued, for my nonappearance in the court,” he said.

“Now when I appeared on the cases in the court, there shouldn’t be a reason for my arrest. And we should proceed with the cases. As far as the cases are concerned, they are politicised and there’s nothing against me.

From any point of view, there is nothing against me. So therefore, with that conviction, I’ll face the courts,” he said.

Pervez Musharraf told CNN he never saw a bystander hurl a shoe that at him as he headed into a Karachi court on Friday to seek a bail extension on charges of corruption. “I didn’t even see it. There was nothing that hit me. Later on, I was told that somebody hurled something. But nothing of that sort was visible,” he said.

“But later on they told me, those around me, there were hundreds of people who are my supporters. I think later on I was told that the man was really overpowered and he got a thorough beating or something.

But I don’t know who threw what. I didn’t know at all,” he said.Musharraf said he has been living under threats of death since September 11, 2001, when he supported the American war on terror and targeted the Taliban. “I’ve been suffering from this threat all along,” he said.—INP

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