Islamabad, December 20: Former president of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf during a talk show on Dunya News on Monday revealed that former Pakistani army chief Gen Raheel Sharif helped him to leave the country. He further said that the court of Pakistan works under the influence of Pakistani army.
On the talk show, Musharraf said that he is very thankful to Raheel Sharif because he helped Musharraf in the way that no one could do it. Musharraf said, "Well he (Raheel Sharif) did help me and I am absolutely clear and grateful. I have been his boss and I have been the army chief before him he helped out, because the cases are politicised, they put me on the ECL, they turned it into a political issue."
When Musharraf was asked about how Sharif helped him to get out of the country he replied saying by "influencing the courts". Musharraf elaborated and said that Pakistani courts work under the pressure of Pakistani government but Raheel Sharif interfered in the matter and released pressure from court therefore he was able to get out of country. Musharraf also said that he had got justice because of Raheel Sharif’s help.
He said, “Not from the judges but from the government. The pressure the government was putting on the courts was removed."Once he [Gen Sharif] got the government to relieve the pressure that they were exerting, the courts gave their judgement and allowed me to go abroad for treatment," he added.
Like to tell you that, General Musharraf left the country for Dubai in March earlier this year hours after the interior ministry issued a notification to remove his name from the exit control list (ECL). The government notification followed the Supreme Court's order to lift the ban on his foreign travel.
But the order from the top court had come with the rider that the central government or the three-judge special court trying the retired general for treason was free to make decisions to regulate his custody or restrict his movement.
Interestingly, apart from murder cases of Benazir Bhutto, Nawab Akbar Bugti and Ghazi Abdul Rasheed, the retired general is facing treason charges for imposing emergency rule in November 2007, arresting judges and limiting their powers. His name was kept on the Exit Control List for more than 20 months.