Published On: Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
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Medical board be formed to assess Musharraf’s condition: court

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ISLAMABAD: Granting General (retd) Pervez Musharraf exemption from appearance at proceedings until Jan 23, the special court formed to try him for treason on Thursday ordered the constitution of a medical board to assess the former military ruler’s condition

The court resumed its proceedings Thursday, days after it warned that it would issue an order against the former army chief if he failed to appear before it on Jan 16.

The court comprises of three high court judges — Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court, Justice Tahira Safdar of the Balochistan High Court and Justice Yawar Ali of the Lahore High Court — and is headed by Justice Arab.

The special court ordered the formation of a medical board, which would comprise of senior FIA doctors. The board will be charged with ascertaining the medical condition of Musharraf and present its findings before the court on January 24.

When Musharraf did not appear before the court for today’s proceedings, the former army strongman’s counsel, Anwar Mansoor, said his client could not appear on account of his ill health.

In a letter submitted to the special court, Mansoor said doctors have recommended that Musharraf be treated at the Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas.

Prosecutor Akram Sheikh argued that the court summoned Musharraf six times but the accused did not appear before the bench which can be considered contempt of the court. He further contended that courts do not wait for the accused and then quoted the example of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak who was brought on a stretcher.

He said the accused loses the right to defend himself if he does not surrender to the court. In its short order, the court said that the arguments of special prosecutor Akram Sheikh will be reviewed after the medical board submits its report.

The court adjourned the hearing of the case till Friday. Meanwhile‚ Anti- terrorism Court Islamabad adjourned the hearing of judges detention case till the 27th of this month.

The court ordered the guarantors of Parvez Musharraf to produce the former general before the court in the next hearing.

Earlier‚ Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday reserved verdict on petition of Pervez Musharraf regarding his appearance in the Special Court hearing treason case against him.