Published On: Tue, Jan 7th, 2014
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Musharraf took asylum in hospital: says prosecutor

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Islamabad: Akram Sheik, prosecutor in treason trial against former military dictator, has said that Pervez Musharraf has taken asylum in hospital to avoid appearance before the court.

Talking to media persons after Monday hearing in the special court, Sheikh said that Musharraf had been remained a part of brave army of Pakistan but his behavior did not match with the bravery.

The prosecutor said that Musharraf did miss three hearings of his trial and now has taken refuge in a military hospital.

Sheikh said no body knows what disease Musharraf is suffering with adding that there are no proofs of his heart problem presented before the court.

He said treason trial is against an individual and not against any institution adding that Pakistan army should maintain distance itself from the case and Musharraf should be isolated.

To a query, Akram Sheikh said that former President has taken refuge in a military hospital but it did not mean that Pakistan army supports Pervez Musharraf.

When asked whether he has been receiving threats from secret agencies, the prosecutor said that he was not threatened in this case but in his four decades practice he always faced threats with courage.

To a query would interior ministry allow Musharraf to travel abroad, Sheikh said he did not have any idea regarding this issue but morally Musharraf should face all cases against him.

On other side, former President Pervez Musharraf’s counsel Ahmed Raza Kasuri said that his client was still not well therefore he did not appear before the court.

Talking to media here‚ Kasuri said that he Musharraf was not shifted in the room yet from the CCU adding that whole world knows Musharraf sickness but the prosecutor demanding proofs about his illness.

Kasuri said it was Nawaz Sharif who never miss chance to defame country’s army added that Musharraf in 1999 had published articles in American magazines to prove Pakistan military as a “rogue army”. He said Nawaz had complained about Pakistan army to then US president Clinton.
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