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Musharraf unlikely to appear in court today

16 January, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf will not appear before the special court on Thursday (today) in the treason case.

The court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, summoned the former president after giving its verdict pertaining to the proceedings of the case under criminal procedure. The court ordered him to appear today (January 16). It is likely that the court would consider issuance of his arrest warrant after hearing the counsels of both sides.

Well-placed government sources told on late Wednesday evening that the officials deployed for the security of Pervez Musharraf had informed the officials concerned at about midnight that it would not be possible for Musharraf to travel to Islamabad from Rawalpindi hospital where he was admitted and under treatment for his ailments, including the cardiac problem.

"The doctors who conducted his test during the week kept on discussing about the state of his health to allow him to proceed to the federal capital for appearing before the special court or otherwise throughout the day on Wednesday. They ultimately decided to advise the former military ruler to desist from taking the trouble of going to Islamabad."

The team of doctors was headed by Maj Gen Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, Commandant of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), Rawalpindi. The certificate pertaining to the inability of Pervez Musharraf to appear before the court would be produced by his lawyer on the commencement of the proceedings Thursday (today), the sources added.

In the meanwhile, Pervez Musharraf's chief security officer Colonel Muhammad Ilays confirmed to this scribe that Muharraf wouldn't appear in the court today since he was too unwell to travel. The doctors are doing his tests and nothing could be said as to how long he would stay in the hospital, the colonel added.

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