Musharraf unwilling to undergo angiography in Pakistan: report

ISLAMABAD: The medical report of former military dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf was produced today(Friday) before the special court hearing the high treason case against him for abrogating the Constitution while pronouncing a state of emergency rule on Nov 3, 2007.

The report states that Musharraf needs to undergo angiography on an immediate basis, but the patient has not provided his consent to undergo the life saving surgery in Pakistan. Instead, he wants to go abroad for the procedure at a facility of his choice.

According to the report, that despite adequate facilities available in Pakistan, there is a lack of advanced cardiac support system.

The disease is considered to be serious and unpredictable. It can be life-threatening in event of destabilization particularly under stress, the report added.

Earlier during proceedings, registrar Abdul Ghani Soomro handed over the sealed medical report of Musharraf prepared by doctors of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) to the judges.

The former president’s counsel Anwar Mansoor requested the court to keep the content of his client’s report private. However, the court ordered for the provision of report to the prosecutor and defence lawyer for scrutiny.

Chief prosecutor Akram Shaikh said that Musharraf had claimed himself to be a public figure and the law had different provisions for public figures and private persons. Justice Arab, then, remarked that the judges needed to review the report first.

The special court on January 16 had ordered the formation of a medical board comprising senior doctors of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) for ascertaining the health condition of Musharraf and had directed that the medical board should submit its report by January 24.

Musharraf unwilling to get angiography, wishes to go abroad for treatment

ISLAMABAD: Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf is not willing to get an angiography from Pakistan and wishes to go abroad for treatment, Express Newsreported Friday.

Musharraf’s medical report, which was submitted to the special court in Islamabad today (Friday), stated that the former president should get an angiography as soon as possible.

The report, which Express News has obtained, stated that Musharraf is not willing to get an angiography in Pakistan as the cardiac support system in the country is not up to standard.

It further stated that Musharraf’s health is such that a heart attack could be “life-threatening”.

The government’s prosecutor objected to the findings of the medical report, which was submitted by a four-member medical board headed Maj General Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed.

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 today.

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 submit 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.

The former president’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 down.

The treason hearing has been adjourned and will reconvene on January 29.

Musharraf was accused of treason under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts. Even as the hearing for the treason trial stretches into its second month, the former military ruler is no closer to an appearance before the special court.

The 70-year-old had fallen ill and was taken to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi on January 2 as he was being transported under heavy guard to the court and is continuing his treatment there.

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