Musharraf in ICU, Says Lawyer - The New Indian Express

Musharraf in ICU, Says Lawyer

Published: 03rd January 2014 06:45 PM

Last Updated: 03rd January 2014 06:45 PM

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, who was admitted at a military hospital following a heart problem Thursday, is being treated at the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU), his lawyer said Friday.

According to a report in Geo News, Musharraf's blood test and angiography reports suggested that he is suffering from a heart ailment.

The reports will be sent to Britain for review.

Musharraf's lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri said his legal team would get the medical report by Jan 5, which would be produced before the special court.

After failing, for the second time in 10 days, to appear Wednesday in the special court formed to try him on charges of high treason, the former army chief was being taken to the court Thursday when he complained of a "heart problem" and was then shifted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) in Rawalpindi.

According to media reports, the option of shifting Musharraf abroad for treatment was under consideration but a decision in this regard would be taken only after his medical report is made available by the hospital.

A petition was filed in a Pakistani court Friday to prevent Musharraf from going abroad for medical treatment.

Musharraf's name is still on the list of those people who cannot go abroad without the government's permission. A court has already turned down his request to remove his name from the Exit Control List and advised him to approach the government.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced in June the high treason case against the former military ruler would be initiated for suspending the constitution. 

Musharraf took over in a bloodless coup when he dismissed the government of Nawaz Sharif in 1999.

The 70-year-old currently lives in his farmhouse in Islamabad after getting bail in three high-profile cases, including the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf, who resigned in 2008 and went into exile, returned to Pakistan in March this year to take part in parliamentary elections. However, a court disqualified him from standing in the May elections.

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