Jan 2, 2014, 5:05 PM
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Pakistani court says will not issue arrest warrant for Musharraf

Islamabad, Jan 02, IRNA -- A special court in Pakistan, hearing high treason case against former military President Pervez Musharraf, ruled that it will not issue his arrest warrant despite his failure to appear on Thursday.

Musharraf’s lawyers earlier said their client felt chest pain when he was on his way to the court and was then shifted to a military hospital for treatment.

The three-member bench in its verdict also exempted Musharraf from appearance for Thursday on medical grounds. The court later adjourned the hearing until Monday.

Special Prosecutor, Akram Sheikh, had requested the court to issue arrest warrant for Musharraf as he is avoiding appearance. However the court did not entertain the request.

Musharraf did not appear before the court twice and head of the special judge, Justice Faisal Arab, had ordered on Wednesday that Musharraf should be produced on Thursday at any cost. The judge had also hinted issuance of arrest warrant if Musharraf did not appear on Thursday.

Musharraf’s defence lawyer, Barrister Saif, told reporters that the court in its verdict has not given any direction for production of his client on the next hearing on January 6th. He however said that all defence lawyers will appear in the court, adding that the court is likely to take a decision on the basis of Musharraf’s health reports.

Talking about the health condition of the former president, the lawyer said that Musharraf is still in Intensive Care Unit and he may need angiography.

Rumours that Musharraf could leave Pakistan for treatment abroad gripped the country shortly after he was admitted in the hospital.

Defence Minister, Khwja Asif, however said no decision has yet been taken to send Musharraf abroad. He told the media that Musharraf’s legal team can formally approach the courts if he has health problems.

A Musharraf’s spokesman, Dr Raza Bokhari, said in a brief statement posted on social media that Musharraf was admitted in military hospital after he fell sick.

“We can confirm that Former President Musharraf is admitted in a military hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He is conscious, oriented in time and space and is being examined by Pakistani military doctors,” Dr Bokhari, international spokesperson of General Pervez Musharraf, said.

Hospital sources said that the doctors had carried out some medial tests of the former President and the results could later be shared with the media.

Reports said that Musharraf’s wife Begum Sehba Musharraf also rushed to the hospital to supervise medical treatment. She has also called her daughter from Karachi to discuss possibility of sending Musharraf abroad.

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