Ex-Pakistan president Musharraf discharged from hospital

Ex-Pakistan president Musharraf discharged from hospital

Karachi - The 72-year-old ex-commando-turned-politician was admitted to the Pakistan Navy Ship Shifa or PNS Shifa, a multi-speciality naval medical treatment facility.



By PTI/AP

Published: Thu 11 Feb 2016, 5:43 PM

Last updated: Thu 11 Feb 2016, 10:32 PM

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf was briefly hospitalized in the port city of Karachi on Thursday after suffering chest pain and breathing problems but was allowed home later that day, a senior leader of his party and his spokeswoman said.
 Mohammad Amjad, the secretary-general of Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League party, said Musharraf was treated in an intensive care unit after his family rushed him to hospital. He said doctors undertook several medical tests before Musharraf returned home, amid tight security.Musharraf's spokeswoman Aasia Ishaq also confirmed that the former military ruler had been discharged from hospital.
Musharraf took power in a 1999 coup and served as president until 2008, when he was forced to step down as his popularity plummeted and he was threatened with impeachment. In recent years, Musharraf has been on trial for high treason over his suspension of Pakistan's constitution in 2007 and his detention of a number of judges.
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Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was on Thursday rushed to the ICU of a naval hospital here after he developed high blood pressure and fainted.
The 72-year-old ex-commando-turned-politician was admitted to the Pakistan Navy Ship Shifa or PNS Shifa, a multi-speciality naval medical treatment facility.
Sources said Musharraf was sitting with family at his home in Karachi - where he lives with his daughter to seek medical treatment for a spinal condition - when he fainted.
He was rushed to the hospital amid tight security and his situation is being monitored. His personal physicians have also been called to the hospital.
However, Aasia Ishaq of his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party said there was "nothing serious" about Musharraf's condition.
"There is nothing serious with him as it was only high blood pressure. He is getting treatment in hospital," Ishaq said.
Last month, Musharraf was acquitted by an anti-terrorism court in the 2006 murder case of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, the first major relief to the ex-military ruler entangled in several high-profile cases.
He came to power in a bloodless coup in 1999, deposing then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Facing impeachment following elections in 2008, Musharraf resigned as president and went into a self-imposed exile.
He is also facing trial in high treason case for abrogating the constitution in 2007 and illegal detention of judges same year. In January, 2014, Musharraf suffered a "severe heart attack" on his way to a special court to face the high treason charges following which he was admitted to an army hospital.
Musharraf has also been charged in connection with the 2007 assassination of prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
A Pakistani court has banned his foreign travels and he was also forced to limit his political activities.


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