Published On: Wed, Mar 16th, 2016

Supreme Court allows Pervez Musharraf to fly abroad

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ISLAMABAD: Upholding a previous decision of Sindh High Court, the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to fly abroad for treatment.

Larger bench of the apex court delivered its brief verdict on Musharraf’s petition regarding removal of his name from Exit Control List (ECL).

In the ruling, the court upheld 2014 decision of a two-judge bench of SHC through which it had directed the federal government to remove Musharraf’s name from ECL.

The bench also rejected federal government’s plea seeking ban on travel of the former military ruler who is facing charges of high treason in Pakistan.

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Earlier, doctors involved in Musharraf’s treatment suggested his fusion surgery in a medical report submitted to the larger bench.

“General (r) Pervez Musharraf was admitted today in (Dr. Ziauddin) hospital. He was complaining of severe back pain and left leg radiculopathy and numbness. He has these episodes frequently for the last one month and was admitted twice in another hospital in Karachi…. On examination, his straight leg raise and tension sign was positive on the left side. There was weakness on the left dorsiflexion of the foot and he has altered sensation on the left foot as compared to the right…” said a medical report prepared by Dr. M Sohail Rafi, Consultant Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon in Karachi.

“Considering his severe pain in the lower back and left leg radiculopathy, we gave him an epidural injection single shot… His pain responded to some extent… This is a temperature management for his pain and in my opinion he needs fusion surgery…” the report further said.

About reason of the surgery abroad, the doctor said “the latest minimally invasive pedicle screw fixation under the spine navigation system and motor evoked potentials monitoring system is not available till date in Pakistan. I would recommend him to undergo this surgery and the kind of numbness and slight weakness on the left foot him in the urgency to get this operation as soon as possible.”

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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