A Pakistani court on Friday reserved its ruling on former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s plea seeking the lifting of a travel ban on him.

Treason charges

Mr. Musharraf (70) is facing treason charges for subverting and circumventing the Constitution by imposing emergency on November 3, 2007. The federal government has placed his name on the Exit Control List (ECL), stating he might try to flee the country.

He approached the Sindh High Court last month to lift the travel ban. He wanted to go abroad to see his ailing mother in Dubai and also to see doctors for his “heart problem” and pain in the back.

A two-judge bench of the Sindh High Court, headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, heard the petition.

The ruling was reserved after Mr. Musharraf’s counsel Naseem and Attorney General Pakistan Salman Aslam Butt concluded their arguments on the matter.

The government has opposed the petition, arguing that a person accused in a high profile case cannot be allowed to leave the country on medical or personal grounds.