Written by Kumudu Jayawardana
02 Jan, 2014 | 3:45 pm
Former Pakistan president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf developed a heart problem while on his way to the special court trying him for high treason on Thursday and was admitted to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi.
Gen. Musharraf is being examined by a team of doctors and is in the intensive cardiac care unit.
The special court had summoned Musharraf today to indict him and senior defence counsel Sharifuddin Pirzada even told the court that he could make an appearance.
However, later the court was informed by the Inspector General of Police, Security, Jan Mohammed that he was coming to the court when his convoy was diverted to the hospital.
The police which has deployed 1000 personnel along the route from Gen Musharraf’s farmhouse at Chak Shahzad to the National Library building was taken by surprise. The entire security apparatus was waiting at his house since 8 am, the police said.
Special Public Prosecutor Akram Sheikh told the court that he demanded the issuance of a non bailable warrant for the former military ruler since he has not obeyed two summonses issued by the court.
If he is suffering from an illness, let the law take its course, Mr. Sheikh submitted. Gen Musharraf’s defence lawyers said that their client had gone to hospital due to an illness and it should not give the impression that he was not complying with the court order.
Khalid Ranjha, defence counsel told the court that the issue was security but Gen Musharraf was on his way with the security officers when he had a heart problem. The court order is complied with, he pointed out.
The court has adjourned the hearing till Monday but will pass a ruling on Gen Musharraf ‘s fate at 4 pm today. When proceedings began this morning defence counsel Anwar Mansoor told the court that he was harassed and kept awake all night by someone who kept banging the door of his flat and ringing the doorbell. He said under these circumstances he could not continue with the case. He later walked out of the court in protest.
SOURCE: The Hindu
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