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No safe passage for Musharraf: Pervaiz Rashid

28 December, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid on Friday said former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf would neither be provided a safe passage nor would he be allowed to go abroad.

However, he said that the government would provide all facilities for the treatment of the mother of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf."The prime minister on sympathetic grounds is ready to send a special plane or an air ambulance to bring his mother back home so as to continue her medical treatment in Pakistan and she could be with her son," he said in a statement.

He made it clear that Musharraf would neither be given a safe passage nor would he be allowed to go abroad. "Neither did we push for a deal with him in the past nor will we do so in future," the minister asserted.

This assertion must put to an end the muted whispers that the government was considering offering a safe passage to Musharraf under the pretext of allowing him to visit his ailing mother.There were media reports that Musharraf had pushed for the removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL), enabling him to see his mother, who is abroad and ill.

The minister said that an independent judiciary would decide about the future of Musharraf and that the government would present evidence against him through its legal team on the cases against him.

He said that democracy and media freedom were together. He further said the government would provide every possible facility to the media.

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