Musharraf freed from house arrest, can’t leave Pak

  • Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times, Islamabad
  • Updated: Nov 07, 2013 02:08 IST

Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf was declared a free man on Wednesday evening after a local court approved his bail in a murder case, the latest of a string of cases that he was facing after he returned to Pakistan.

District and Sessions judge granted Musharraf bail against the alleged murder of former cleric of Lal Masjid Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and his mother during the Lal Masjid operation in 2007 on the payment of surety bonds.

The former president had already obtained bail in three cases which include the Benazir Bhutto murder case, the Akbar Bugti murder case and Judges detention case.

Legal experts say that a high treason case is still pending against the former Pakistan strongman and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has yet to start formal proceedings against him.

This may possibly be an impediment in Musharraf being allowed to leave the country.

Some experts maintain that Musharraf is still on the Exit Control List but he can freely move within the country. However, his lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri claimed that per his reading of the laws, Muhsarraf’s name was no longer on the ECL and can leave the country. Despite the bail, Musharraf is likely to remain under heavy guard at his farmhouse owing to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan threats issued against him.

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