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Pervez Musharraf wants heart treatment abroad

Afzal Khan / 25 January 2014

Musharraf’s medical report submitted to the special court in Islamabad on Friday stated that he should undergo an angiography as soon as possible.

Former president Gen. (retd) Pervez Musharraf is not willing to undergo an angiography in Pakistan and wishes to go abroad for treatment, his doctors have reported to the special court trying him on treason charges.

Musharraf’s medical report, which was submitted to the special court in Islamabad on Friday stated that he should undergo an angiography as soon as possible.

The government’s prosecutor Akram Sheikh objected to the findings of the medical report and insisted that the former military dictator was in good health to appear before the court which he has hitherto avoided on one pretext or another.

The court had ordered that a copy of the report be given to Musharraf’s lead counsel Sharifuddin Pirzada and member of the prosecution team Nasiruddin Nayar earlier in the day.

His lawyer Anwar Mansoor had requested the court that the former president’s report be kept secret.

Sheikh had disagreed, stating that Musharraf is a public figure and his report should be made public. He said that the court should not take any decision that is against the constitution, adding that the prosecution knows that Musharraf is in good health.

Musharraf’s advocate Ahmed Raza Kasuri also accused the government’s prosecutor of hosting an event for the media in order to turn them against him. Musharraf’s counsel said that Musharraf’s other medical report had already been made public and was still available on the website of a private news channel, asking the court to order that it be taken off.

The treason hearing was then adjourned till January 29.

The special court ruled on Friday that the former president’s medical report would be subjected to cross examination on January 29 after which the court would announce its decision. The special court comprises three high court judges and is headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court.

Prosecutor Akran Shaikh demanded that a medical board be formed, comprising cardiologists of Aga Khan Hospital, PIMS Hospital and Shifa International Hospital, to review Musharraf’s report.

He said the former president did not have faith in army doctors which showed that he did not trust his own institution.

Sheikh said that such a situation meant that all heart patients should be referred abroad for medical treatment.

The court adjourned the matter to January 29 and ruled that arguments would be presented over the report in its next hearing, following which a judgment would also be announced.


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