Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf left Pakistan for Dubai on Friday to seek medical treatment, after the government lifted a travel ban imposed on him as he awaited trial on treason and other charges, his spokesman said.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the government on Wednesday to lift the travel ban, paving the way for Musharraf to leave.
Media showed images of Musharraf leaving his home in a heavily guarded convoy for the Jinnah National Airport, in Karachi. He entered the airport through a gate reserved for staff and left for Dubai on an Emirates flight.
I am a commando and I love my homeland. I will come back in a few weeks or months.Pervez Musharraf, Former Military Ruler of Pakistan
His lawyers have argued that he needed to travel abroad for medical treatment and to visit his ailing mother in Dubai.
Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday the former ruler was being allowed to travel abroad for treatment after a commitment from his lawyers that he would return in 4-6 weeks to face the charges against him.