ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistani President and military chief Pervez Musharraf’s medical report has been submitted by the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) before the special court during the hearing of treason case on Tuesday (today).
The court said the order on medical report of Musharraf would be issued tomorrow (Thursday) and if court will feel it necessary then it will provide copy of report to prosecution and defense lawyers and will hear the arguments of both parties tomorrow.
Former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf is said to suffering from nine medical conditions according to the medical report presented before the special court. The former president was given two days exemption from appearing before the court.
The medical report obtained by media states that Pervez Musharraf is suffering from a build up of calcium in his heart artery, mental stress, frozen shoulder, spinal and bone pain.
The medical report from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) had been summoned by the court during proceedings on Monday.
Upon receiving the medical report, the bench ordered the prosecution and defence counsels to study the reports and present their arguments at the next hearing while the bench will deliver its verdict on Thursday.
Earlier, former president Pervez Musharraf’s medical report was presented in a sealed envelope before the special court bench hearing the high treason case against the former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
The court said the order on medical report of Musharraf would be issued on Thursday and if court will feel it necessary then it will provide copy of report to prosecution and defense lawyers and will hear the arguments of both parties on Thursday.
The special court heard high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf wherein the former President did not turn up on Tuesday.
The special court bench, headed by Justice Faisal Arab conducted hearing of the treason case against Pervez Musharraf. Justice Faisal said that decision on the report would be issued on Thursday after going through it.
Outcome of the report could not be ascertained. Musharraf’s lawyers claimed that they are also unaware of it.
The former military ruler has been under treatment in Rawalpindi’s military hospital for heart problems for the past five days. He was taken to the hospital with chest pain while on his way to face treason charges in a special court.
Thought a medical board overseeing his treatment is in consultation with US and UK doctors, he seeks treatment in abroad.
During course of hearing on Tuesday, one of Musharraf’s counsels, Anwar Mansoor, apologized for his heated arguments in the court before contention on Monday.
He argued that the court has been constituted for a special purpose with limited jurisdictions, due to which it is not entitled to start criminal proceedings.
Judge Faisal Arab, who was heading the three-member bench, said “We will give an opportunity to both sides to examine (the report) and then we will decide accordingly.”
Ahmad Raza Kasuri, a lawyer for Musharraf, told reporters that owing to the complexity of the medical issues the matter could only be debated once both sides had been given time to assess the report.
According to sources, the medical report revealed that three valves of Musharraf’s heart are blocked while he is suffering from kidney disease as well.
The medical report was prepared by senior doctors of the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC).
It is pertinent to mention here that the special court had demanded a report on Pervez Musharraf s health condition to explain his continued absence from proceedings.
The 70-year-old former president was rushed to a military hospital on Thursday after falling ill while being taken to hear treason charges against him at the tribunal in Islamabad.
Musharraf s camp says the treason allegations, which relate to his imposition of emergency rule in November 2007, are politically motivated and his lawyers have challenged the authority of the tribunal.
Aside from the treason allegations, Musharraf also faces trial over the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the death of Nawab Akbar Bugti, a deadly raid on a mosque and the detention of judges.
After reviewing general (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s medical report on Tuesday, the special court granted him exemption from appearance for two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) and adjourned the hearing until Wednesday.
During today’s proceedings, Musharraf’s counsel Anwar Mansoor said the special court had a limited mandate, adding that he did not view Akram Sheikh as the chief prosecutor in this case.
Mansoor moreover apologized to the court on account of the arguments that took place during Monday’s proceedings.
The bench observed that a decision on Musharraf’s medical reports will be made on Thursday, giving him three-day immunity from the court appearance.
Justice Faisal Arab‚ the head of the special court‚ said that the court will give its decision on the report on Thursday after reviewing it. The court adjourned hearing of the case till Thursday.
Earlier, while speaking to media persons, another lawyer of the former military ruler, Barrister Saif, said Musharraf is likely to remain hospitalized as doctors have suggested him more bed rest.
Meanwhile, the special court adjourned the case till today (Wednesday). The bench observed that a decision on Musharraf’s medical reports will be made on Thursday, giving him three-day immunity from the court appearance. The court adjourned further hearing of the case till today (Wednesday).
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