Jan 17, 2014, 10:55 AM
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Pakistan court orders medical board for Musharraf’s health

Islamabad, Jan 17, IRNA -- A special court in Pakistan, which hears high treason case against former President Pervez Musharraf for abrogation of the constitution, has ordered formation of a medical board to review his health condition.

The court issued the order after Musharraf failed to appear before the three-member bench for 4th time since the court has formally started his high treason trial last month.

Musharraf was accused of suspending the constitution when he imposed emergency rule in 2007. He dismissed the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999 and later sent him into exile.

The former military ruler was taken to a military hospital in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on January 2nd when he was on his way to the court, according to his defense lawyers. They say doctors have not yet discharged Musharraf from the hospital and that is why he could not appear in the court.

The Special Court ordered formation of medical board consisting of senior doctors of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) where Musharraf is presently being treated.

The court ordered the board to submit its report about the health of Musharraf by January 24.

Special Prosecutor Akram Sheikh told the court Musharraf’s is intentionally avoiding court’s appearance despite repeated orders. He has insisted issuance of arrest warrant for Musharraf however the court has granted him exemptions.

The court stated that the medical board should inform the court about how serious is Musharraf’s condition, does he need to undergo a surgery and how long will he remain in the hospital?

Earlier Musharraf’s defence lawyers insisted in the court that the former President is in hospital and that doctors have not yet discharged him from the hospital.

Musharraf’s lawyers also presented a medical report from his doctor in the United States who claims he is suffering from heart problem.

The doctor said Musharraf could suffer from heart attack in view of his current health condition. He also recommended that Musharraf should be sent abroad for treatment.

Musharraf cannot leave the country as his name is on the list of those who require government's permission to leave the country.

The Interior Ministry has rejected a request from Musharraf's wife for removal of his name from the Exit Control List.

The Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology had earlier submitted his medical report, listing nine diseases including heart problem.

The three-member special court, however, said last week that according to medical report, Parvez Musharraf had not suffered heart attack.

Musharraf's defence counsel Ahmed Reza Kasuri, told reporters on Thursday that his client is not in a position to appear before the judges. He criticized the prosecutor for seeking Musharraf's arrest.

Meanwhile‚ an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in the capital Islamabad had also ordered to produce former President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday in the judges’ detention case. However he could not appear. The judge said those who had sought bail for Musharraf should now produce him in the court.

The order was issued by judge of the Anti-Terrorism Court Attiqur Rehman.

Musharraf faces the case for placing many judges under house arrest after they refused to take oath under his constitutional order when he had imposed emergency in 2007.