In this photograph taken on December 29, 2013 Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses foreign media representatives at his farmhouse in Islamabad. AFP PHOTO/Farooq NAEEM/FILES
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Pakistan Saturday appealed to the country's Supreme Court to overturn a decision allowing Pervez Musharraf to leave the country, his lawyer said, prolonging the ex-military ruler's legal woes.The move came after a court in Karachi ordered the lifting of a travel ban imposed on the 70-year-old last year after he returned to Pakistan in a failed attempt to stand for election.Musharraf has said he wants the travel ban lifted so he can visit his sick mother in Dubai, but many in Pakistan see it as a ruse to flee the country and avoid a litany of criminal cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule.The former ruler came to power in a bloodless coup in 1999, deposing then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who won re-election in 2013 when Pakistan underwent the first civilian handover of power since its independence from Britain in 1947 .
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