A defense lawyer says Pakistan's Supreme Court has lifted a travel ban imposed on the country's former president, Pervez Musharraf since.

Farogh Naseem says the ban, imposed in early 2013, was removed in Wednesday's court ruling.

The attorney says Musharraf has been ill for a long time and may need to travel abroad for treatment. The 70-year-old Musharraf took power in a 1999 coup by dismissing the government of then-and-now Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He stepped down in 2008 and left Pakistan.

He returned to the country in March 2013, hoping for a political comeback but instead became embroiled in court cases, including one that involved treason charges.

Musharraf's spokeswoman Aasia Ishaq told Aaj News TV that he will go abroad for treatment only to return back to his country.