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Pakistan court reserves judgment on Musharraf travel ban

A Pakistani court on Thursday reserved judgment on former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's application to have a travel ban on him lifted, his lawyer said.

KARACHI: A Pakistani court on Thursday reserved judgment on former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's application to have a travel ban on him lifted, his lawyer said.

The 70-year-old, who flew to Karachi last month to undergo medical tests, has been waiting for a decision on his application for over a month.

He says he wants the travel ban lifted so he can visit his sick mother in Dubai, but many in Pakistan see it as a ruse to flee the country and avoid the litany of criminal cases against him dating back to 1999-2008.

Musharraf was indicted for treason in March over his imposition of emergency rule in 2007 -- a case seen as a test of civilian authority in a country long dominated by the military.

He also faces several murder cases and his name has been added to the official "exit control list" of people barred from leaving Pakistan.

A two-member bench of Sindh High Court reserved judgment after the hearing on Thursday and gave no indication when they would make a ruling.

Musharraf's lawyer Farogh Nasim told reporters in Karachi his client wanted to face justice.

"I assured the court that while the legal and constitutional battle will continue, Musharraf will certainly appear before the court if and when summoned after his name is removed from the exit control list and he is allowed to travel abroad," Nasim said.

Musharraf is staying with his daughter in Karachi where he travelled for tests at a navy-run hospital.

He has been having medical treatment since January, when he was rushed to hospital after suffering heart problems on his way to court for a hearing.

After his indictment for treason in March, Musharraf asked to be allowed to visit his mother, who is in her 90s, but was denied permission.

The ex-general, who seized power in 1999 and resigned in 2008, has pleaded not guilty to the treason charges.

Musharraf is also on bail in three other major cases linked to his time in power including the 2007 assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in a gun and suicide attack and the murder of Baluch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006.

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