Treason court demands Musharraf’s medical report
January 07, 2014 - 7:18:41 am
ISLAMABAD: A special court set up to try Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason yesterday demanded a medical report after he missed another hearing following a heart complaint.
The 70-year-old was rushed to a military hospital on Thursday after falling ill while being taken to hear treason charges against him at the tribunal in Islamabad.
Musharraf spent a fifth day in the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi, which neighbours Islamabad, missing the hearing as his lawyers had said he would on Sunday.
The three-judge bench adjourned the case to Tuesday and asked for a report on his condition to be submitted to explain his continued absence from proceedings. Musharraf’s camp says the treason allegations, which relate to his imposition of emergency rule in November 2007, are politically motivated and his lawyers have challenged the authority of the tribunal.
Doctors treating Musharraf have sent medical reports to experts in Britain to determine whether he should be flown abroad for treatment.
The ex-dictator’s sudden health scare was met with scepticism from some observers and feverish media speculation that his departure from Pakistan on medical grounds -- either Saudi Arabia or the UAE -- could be imminent.
Some analysts believe such a move is necessary to head off a potentially destabilising clash between the government and the all-powerful military.
Aside from the treason allegations, Musharraf also faces trial over the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the death of a rebel leader, a deadly raid on a radical mosque and the detention of judges.