The special court on Monday, in response to a defence plea that General Pervez Musharraf should be allowed to go abroad to meet his mother and for medical treatment, said it was upto the federal government to take a decision.

In its order in the evening, the court said that it was the federal government and not this court which has included Musharraf's name in the Exit Control List (ECL). If the government has done that then it also has the power to review such a decision.

This court had not passed an order to place his name on ECL and therefore the federal government cannot refuse to review its decision merely because of the pendency of this case.

The court said it could not direct the authorities to remove his name since it was only a statutory court. The order also said that Musharraf was not in custody and his movements could not be restricted. He can get medical treatment at a facility of his choice.

However, he is required to appear before the court as and when required and can seek exemption from appearance on justifiable grounds. The case will next be heard on April 15.

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