Musharraf narrowly escapes a powerful blast 


Islamabad: A petition was submitted in the Supreme Court for the removal of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL). The petition was submitted on behalf of Musharraf by advocate Shah Khawar. It argued the point that every individual possesses the freedom to travel abroad. The petition also mentioned that the former army strongman should be allowed to travel abroad to visit his ailing mother and also for personal treatment. The government rejected a request by Musharraf to allow him to go abroad for his own treatment and to look after his ailing mother. The government had barred Musharraf from going abroad and has placed his name on the ECL after he was charged in several cases including the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and high treason. A three-member special court, rejecting Musharraf’s application, had advised him to approach the federal government. The government has also offered to bring back to Pakistan his mother, 95-year-old Zarin Musharraf, who is presently undergoing treatment in Sharjah in the UAE.


Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf narrowly escaped when a blast hit Faizabad bridge in Islamabad after his convoy had barely crossed it, police said.  Almost four to six kg of explosive material was planted in a pipeline near a footpath and the blast was so powerful that it caused a foot-deep hole in the ground. Police said that the blast targeted the former president.