Published On: Thu, Jan 16th, 2014
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Musharraf still under mental stress: Lawyer

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RAWALPINDI: Medical tests of former president Pervez Musharraf were carried out Wednesday as doctors said the ex-military ruler is still under mental stress.

Musharraf’s counsel Ahmed Raza Kasuri told a news channel that the doctors have not yet declared Pervez Musharraf to have completely recovered from his illness. He said that Pervez Musharraf could not take mental pressure for his current state of health and added that the doctors were likely to inform about him by this evening.

Justifying 70-year-old Musharraf’s absence from all hearings of the case so far on medical grounds, Kasuri said: “At present, he (Musharraf) is not a normal person and I cannot say exactly if he will appear before the court because he is sick and under observation.

Ahmad Raza Kasuri said that Pervez Musharraf’s exemption from appearance in the court would be sought verbally. He further said that the former president facing security threats as well.

In the light of the test results, a team of doctors will decide whether or not his client could be allowed to leave the hospital and appear in the court for high treason case hearing tomorrow, he said.

“We are not afraid of the courts, he will appear in the court after his complete recovery,” the senior lawyer said. Doctors said Musharraf is improving, he is quite well, but still under mental stress.

Meanwhile, a former military man, Lt. Gen (retd) Javaid Ashraf Qazi, who has also served as Education Minister during Musharraf’s ear, arrived in the hospital, however, he left without meeting the former president who is under treatment in heavily-guarded military hospital.

Musharraf was admitted to Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) earlier this month over complaints of chest pain while being driven to the court where his high treason trial was due to begin.

After examining his medical report, the trial court summoned him on Jan 16 for a possible indictment. The court has also dismissed his application seeking suspension of his summons. Speculation are rife that Musharraf will soon leave Pakistan for medical treatment.
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