Published On: Thu, Jan 16th, 2014
Published in Category: Rawalpindi

Fire extinguished at hospital where Musharraf’s under treatment

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RAWALPINDI: A fire, which had erupted at Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) on Wednesday, where former president of Pakistan, Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf is under treatment, was extinguished before long.

“There was a small fire incident at the hospital, but it was extinguished immediately,” a source at Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi said.

Sources said the cause of the blaze, which broke out at the 4th floor of Pakistan army’s medical facility, was sparked off by an electric short circuit.

The armed forces personnel, trained to deal with situations like these, took no time to tame the flames and stop the fire from spreading further.

Another source confirmed the fire incident was “of a minor nature”. Officials said the cause was being investigated and may have been started by an electrical short circuit.

Musharraf’s lawyer Ahmad Raza Kasuri said that the former president was not affected. “He is safe as the fire incident happened on another floor,” Kasuri said.

The court has ordered Musharraf to appear in person on Thursday, after considering a medical report on his heart complaint.

Musharraf was admitted to AFIC on January 2 after suffering heart problems while being driven to court. He had skipped two earlier hearings after explosives were found near his house.

He is the first general to face trial for treason in the country’s history. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life or death.