Jan 3, 2014, 2:46 PM
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Musharraf’s trial is Pakistan's internal matter, say officials

Islamabad, Jan 3, IRNA – Pakistan said Friday that trial of former President Pervez Musharraf in a high treason case is the country’s internal matter and the visit of any foreign dignitary has nothing to do with the issue.

The comments from the foreign ministry came amidst rumours that Pervez Musharraf could leave Pakistan under a deal to be brokered by friendly countries.

Section of the Pakistani media has reported the Saudi Foreign Minister who is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on Monday could discuss Musharraf’s deal.

Saudi Arab had brokered an exile deal for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after Musharraf had dismissed his government in 1999.

The Pakistani Foreign Ministry however dispelled the impression that the visit of the Saudi Foreign Minister is linked to Musharraf’s trial.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said in her weekly briefing that the Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal will be paying a routine two-day visit as of Monday.

“The visit is part of routine interaction between the two brotherly countries,” she said.

The spokesperson said that the treason case against the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is Pakistan's internal matter.

The Pakistani media reported on Thursday that Pervez Musharraf, who was shifted to a military hospital after he fell sick on his way to the court, could be shifted abroad for treatment.

Musharraf suffered from a heart problem when he was heading to the court that is hearing high treason case against him, his defense lawyer, Ahmed Reza Kasuri said.

Defense Minister Khwaja Asif has said the government has not taken any decision to send Musharraf abroad. He however said the former president could be sent abroad on the court’s order.