Pakistan offers to fly Musharraf’s sick mother home

December 28, 2013 - 5:34:54 am
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government yesterday offered to fly home the sick mother of former president Pervez Musharraf, who faces a series of major criminal cases and is barred from leaving the country.

The former general is accused of a range of offences related to his 1999-2008 rule of the nuclear-armed nation, including treason and the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The pursuit of criminal cases against the former army chief has put the government on a potential collision course with the powerful military.

It has been suggested that one way to avoid such a potentially destabilising clash would be to allow former president Musharraf to leave the country on compassionate grounds, to see his sick and elderly mother in Dubai.

His legal team have sought permission for him to leave Pakistan in recent weeks, but without success so far.

Yesterday the government said judges must decide Musharraf’s fate, but offered to bring his 95-year-old mother to Pakistan to continue medical treatment.

“For the sake of fulfilling obligations of humanity, the prime minister of Pakistan is ready to send a special plane or ambulance to bring his mother to Pakistan so that she can live with her son and carry on with her medical treatment here,” a government statement said.

The start of Musharraf’s trial for treason was delayed on Tuesday because of a bomb scare and the hearing is now expected to go ahead on January 1.

The charges relate to Musharraf’s imposition of emergency rule in November 2007 and if found guilty he could face the death penalty or life imprisonment.

His aides and lawyers have dismissed the cases as politically motivated, accusing the government and others of trying to use the courts to settle old scores.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who won a third term in May’s general election, was the man Musharraf ousted when he seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999.

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