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Musharraf safe as fire breaks out at AFIC

16 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: A fire broke out early on Wednesday at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) where former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was admitted for a heart condition, officials said.

"There was a small fire incident at the hospital, but it was extinguished immediately," a source at the AFIC said. Another source confirmed the fire incident was "of a minor nature". Sources said that the armed forces' personal immediately responded to the incident and succeeded in extinguishing the fire before any damage. No causality was reported in the incident. Sources said the cause of the blaze, which broke out at the 4th floor of the medical facility, was sparked off by an electric short circuit.

Officials said the cause was being investigated. Musharraf was taken to hospital last week after falling ill while travelling to a special court considering treason charges against him. He was diagnosed with coronary artery disease, with his lawyers pleading for him to be allowed to receive treatment abroad. Musharraf's lawyer Ahmad Raza Kasuri said that the former president was not affected.

"He is safe as the fire incident happened on another floor," Kasuri told AFP. The court has ordered Musharraf to appear in person on Thursday, after considering a medical report on his heart complaint. Musharraf has yet to appear in person before the special court, missing hearings due to security fears and the health scare.

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