Published On: Sat, Jan 4th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Musharraf under treatment in ICU: Qasuri

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ISLAMABAD: Former President Pervez Musharraf’s counsel, Advocate Ahmed Raza Kasuri has said that Pervez Musharraf is under treatment in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) Rawalpindi.

Addressing media persons outside the AFIC on Friday, Ahamad Raza Kasuri said that Pervez Musharraf’s medical reports would be available with his legal team on Sunday, adding after consultation‚ the legal team would present the reports in the Special Court on Monday.

Slamming Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), he said that Musharraf wasn’t as sick as Nawaz Sharif was in 1995, adding that the PM got admitted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in fear of arrest.

He said that Musharraf would be taken abroad if doctors advice for his treatment, asserting that no one can challenge the medical report. Kasuri added that Musharraf wanted to stay in Pakistan but on the other hand, the medical report of Musharraf has been sent to UK.

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was rushed to hospital Thursday after suffering a “heart problem” on his way to court, in the latest dramatic twist in his treason trial.

The 70-year-old had been summoned to the special tribunal in Islamabad after failing to show up for two previous sessions due to security threats against him.

Jan Mohammad, a senior police official, told the court that Musharraf had fallen ill with a “heart problem” while being transported to the hearing under heavy guard.

The case was adjourned till Monday, with Musharraf’s legal team saying that he would seek medical advice before deciding whether to attend.

A doctor at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi, the garrison city bordering Islamabad, said that the former ruler was in a stable condition and under observation.

His lawyers have said that the treason allegations, which relate to his imposition of emergency rule in November 2007, are politically motivated.

He is Pakistan’s first ex-army head to be put on trial. The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has repeatedly said that it would not let Musharraf leave Pakistan before facing the courts.

“If the doctors advise him to go abroad for treatment, then we will seek permission from the court,” Musharraf lawyer Muhammad Ali Saif told reporters.

“The court can grant him permission to leave the country if his doctors advise so.” Security was tight at the hospital in Rawalpindi with soldiers and paramilitary Rangers standing guard.