Pakistan Supreme Court clears Musharraf

Pakistan Supreme Court clears Musharraf to travel abroad

Pakistan's Supreme Court has lifted a travel ban on previous President Pervez Musharraf who is awaiting trial for treason and other charges.

The ruling might allow him to travel abroad to seek medical treatment.

The charges relate to the former general's imposition of a 2007 state of emergency and the assassination of previous PM Benazir Bhutto the exact same year.

Mr. Musharraf, 70, rejects all the charges and has actually called them politically encouraged.

He was treated for chest pains in January and says his condition is now much worse. He remained in healthcare facility on Monday and Tuesday with back problems.

A spokesperson promised Mr. Musharraf would go back to Pakistan if he were enabled to travel.

Will Pakistan let Musharraf off the hook?

Dismissing an appeal by government legal representatives, the Supreme Court promoted a high court judgment eliminating the previous military ruler from a list of people barred from leaving the country.

It said it was up to the federal government and the special court attempting him to decide whether to pass "any suitable legal order for regulating his custody or movement", Dawn newspaper reports.

Mr. Musharraf seized power in a coup in 1999, when he was army chief. He remained president until 2008, when a democratically elected federal government came into power.

He left the country soon later on to live in self-imposed exile in Dubai and London.

He returned in 2013, hoping to lead his party into elections - however was disqualified from standing and discovered himself combating a variety of charges relating to his time in power.

He deals with a murder claim for failing to prevent the assassination of Ms Bhutto. Other charges relate to events in the same year - the state of emergency, his suspension of judges during that duration and the death of a cleric throughout a siege at the Red Mosque in Islamabad in 2007.

In January he was cleared over the 2006 killing of Baloch rebel leader Akbar Bugti, his first acquittal in the cases in which he is charged.