Musharraf treason case: Hearing adjourned till Jan 29

Islamabad, Jan 24: A special court in Pakistan hearing the high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf, Friday ruled that Musharraf’s medical reports would be cross-examined Jan 29, following which the court would announce its decision.

The court adjourned the matter to Jan 29 and ruled that arguments would be presented on the report in its next hearing, Dawn online reported.

The court, formed to try Musharraf for high treason, resumed its hearing Thursday.

The bench comprises three high court judges and is headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court.

During Friday’s hearing, Musharraf’s medical reports were presented in the court.

Musharraf’s counsel Anwar Mansoor said the assessment of Musharraf’s heath should be kept private.

However, chief prosecutor Akram Shaikh said a medical board should be formed 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.

The public prosecutor said such a situation meant that all heart patients should be referred abroad for medical treatment.

The report, quoting sources, said Musharraf’s medical report revealed that he was unwilling to get angiography done in Pakistan and wished to go abroad for his treatment.

Last week, the court directed the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi to constitute a medical board to ascertain Musharraf’s condition and to submit a report by Jan 24.

The former military ruler was rushed to hospital following heart problems while going to the court Jan 2.

The Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistani government set up the special court to try the former army chief on charges of high treason for imposing emergency and subverting the constitution in 2007.

Musharraf has been charged with abrogating, subverting, suspending, holding in abeyance and attempting to conspire against the 1973 Constitution by declaring emergency and detaining judges of the superior courts.