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Musharraf Leaves Pakistan After Travel Ban Lifted

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FILE - In this Saturday, April 20, 2013 file photo, Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad.

FILE - In this Saturday, April 20, 2013 file photo, Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad.

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is facing treason and other charges, has left the country after having his travel ban lifted.

The Supreme Court ordered the government earlier this week to lift the former president's ban.

Musharraf flew to Dubai early Friday and is expected to go abroad for medical treatment for what he described as a "decade-old illness."

The former ruler promised to return to Pakistan to face all pending charges against him.

He told Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper, "I am a commando and I love my homeland. I will come back in a few weeks or months."

Political analyst Hasan Askari told the French News Agency, however, the chances of Musharraf coming back to Pakistan are "minimal" because his return could cause problems for the government and embarrass the military. "In order to defuse the conflict, the government agreed to let him go," Askari said.

The former ruler has faced a slew of charges since returning home in 2013 to contest elections. In March of the same year, the travel ban was imposed.

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