Jan 6, 2014, 2:28 PM
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Pakistani court wants Musharraf’s medical reports

Islamabad, Jan 6, IRNA - A Pakistan court, hearing high treason case against former military president Pervez Musharraf, on Monday directed officials of a military hospital to produce all medical certificates about the health condition of Pervez Musharraf.

Musharraf was taken to a military hospital last week after he suffered some heart problem while he was on way to the court, according to his lawyers. He has been receiving treatment at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi near Islamabad since he had been admitted on January 2.

Musharraf’s defence lawyers told the special court on Monday that their client is still under treatment and cannot appear in the court. They however could not present any medical certificate.

Head of the special court, justice Faisal Arab granted exemption to Musharraf for the court appearance for the third time on Monday but instructed officials of the military hospital to provide Musharraf’s all medical certificates on Tuesday.

Special prosecution Akram Sheikh prayed to the court to issue arrest warrant for Musharraf as no one has submitted any medical certificate in the court to substantiate the claims that he is sick. He later told reporters that Musharraf has taken 'shelter' in the military hospital.

The court did not entertain request for issuance arrest warrant and adjourned the hearing until Tuesday. The court however said Musharraf will have to appear before the court after his health condition is improved.

There has been no official word from the military hospital about the illness and the present condition of the former president. Some media reports suggested that medical reports have been sent to Britain for examination.

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

His name is still on the list of those who cannot leave the country without government’s permission.

Musharraf’s wife, Sehba, on Saturday approached the Interior Ministry for removal of his name from the Exit Control List. She pleaded that the family members want to shift Musharraf to another country for treatment. Sources say the ministry has rejected the request.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that courts will decide the fate of Musharraf who currently faces high treason charges.