ISLAMABAD: The special court, while conducting hearing of the treason case against the former president , general (retd) Pervez Musharraf , ruled that the former president’s medical report would be subjected to cross examination on January 29 after which the court would announce its decision. The medical report submitted in the court, prepared by AFIC’s doctors said that Pervez Musharraf is not ready to undergo angiography in Pakistan.
The special court comprising three high court judges, headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court, on Friday conducted hearing of the treason case against the former president, general (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
During the hearing, registrar Abdul Ghani Soomro handed Pervez Musharraf’s medical report to the judges, following which special court judges undertook a review.
The medical report of former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf was produced before the special court hearing the high treason case against him for abrogating the Constitution while pronouncing a state of emergency rule on November 3, 2007.
The report states that Musharraf needs to undergo angiography on an immediate basis, but the patient has not provided his consent to undergo the life saving surgery in Pakistan. Instead, he wants to go abroad for the procedure at a facility of his choice.
According to the report, that despite adequate facilities available in Pakistan, there is a lack of advanced cardiac support system.
The disease is considered to be serious and unpredictable. It can be life-threatening in event of destabilization particularly under stress, the report added.
Musharraf’s counsel, Anwar Mansoor said that the assessment of Musharraf’s heath should be kept private.
Mansoor complained that a private television channel had published one of Musharraf’s medical reports on its website and requested the court to issue an order for its removal.
Following which, chief prosecutor Akram Sheikh said the country’s constitution had the provision of a free press, adding that Musharraf claimed himself to be a public figure and the law had different provisions for public figures and private persons.
Meanwhile, Akram Sheikh voiced objections over the medical report’s findings and said it did not contain anything.
He demanded that a medical board be formed, comprising cardiologists of Aga Khan Hospital, PIMS Hospital and Shifa International Hospital, to review Musharraf’s report.
He said the former president did not have faith in army doctors which showed that he did not trust his own institution.
Akram Sheikh said that such a situation meant that all heart patients should be referred abroad for medical treatment.
Justice Faisal remarked that a scene should not be created over the matter.
The court adjourned the matter to January 29 and ruled that arguments would be presented over the report in its next hearing, following which a decision would also be announced.
Meanwhile, sources said that the medical report of the former president revealed that Musharraf was unwilling to get angiography from Pakistan and wished to go abroad for his treatment.
It is pertinent to mention here that the special court on January 16 had ordered the formation of a medical board comprising senior doctors of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) for ascertaining the health condition of Musharraf and had directed that the medical board should submit its report by January 24.
Earlier, Pervez Musharraf was rushed to the AFIC when he complained of heart problems while going to the special court on January 2.