The Hush Post: National Registration and Database Authority (NADRA) has suspended the Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) of General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, it was reported.
Post the suspension of his CNIC, by default, his passport would also be suspended, sources stated. As his passport has also been blocked, Musharraf would not be able to travel to any country, owing to which his stay in Dubai also becomes illegal, it was reported.
It was also learnt through reports that as a result of the suspension of his documents, the former president is left with very limited options. It was said in a report that now he can either seek political asylum or have special documents arranged, if he desires to return to Pakistan.
In an unprecedented move, in March 2018, a special court hearing the high treason case against Musharraf had ordered the federal government to suspend his passport and CNIC. The special court in its order had stated that in case the accused fails to submit his written request as mentioned hereinabove, the ministry of interior and all other departments, divisions and agencies of the government of Pakistan are to take positive steps in ensuring the arrest of the accused and attachment of his properties abroad, including suspension of the CNIC and passport of the accused.
Complying with these orders, the Minister of Interior by the end of May had asked NADRA to suspend the CNIC of the former military ruler. However, the media department of NADRA, its spokesperson, and Chairman Usman Mobin were all unavailable for comment on the development, it was reported.
A conviction for high treason carries the death penalty or life imprisonment. Musharraf ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008. He is wanted in Pakistan in several criminal cases including in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.